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Immigrant vs. Non-Immigrant

Immigrant vs. Non-Immigrant

The Immigration and Nationality Act distinguishes between "immigrants" and "non-immigrants." By legal definition, an "immigrant" is a person who intends to make the U.S. his or her home. They have been granted lawful permanent residence, also known as a green card. In contrast, a "non-immigrant" is only granted permission to stay in the U.S for a temporary period with a specific purpose. This is usually done through various types of Visas outlined in another blog titled "Non-Immigrant Visas: What and Why." All immigrants and non-immigrants are considered "Aliens" (the nicer word is "non-citizen" or "foreign national") and are subject to immigration laws. If any non-citizen commits certain acts or immigration sins, they may be deemed "removable" under the law. (See "Are you Inadmissible? We can help!"). If this is your situation, you need the help of a lawyer. Many people travelling to the United States, regardless of their immigrant or non-immigrant status, seek to remain in the US. If this describes you, please visit our website at: or call us to schedule a consultation.

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