Immigration Legal Terms Glossary

Unlocking Borders: A Guided Tour Through Immigration's Legal Lexicon

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  • AlienA foreign-born individual who is not a citizen of the country they reside in.

  • immigrantA foreign-born individual who has been granted lawful permanent resident status in a country.

  • Lawful Permanent ResidentAn immigrant who has been granted the right to live and work permanently in a country (also known as a "green card" holder in the U.S.).

  • NaturalizationThe legal process through which an immigrant acquires citizenship or nationality of a foreign country.

  • NonimmigrantA foreign national admitted to a country for a temporary period and a specific purpose, such as study, work, or travel.

  • RefugeeAn individual who has been forced to flee their home country due to persecution, war, or violence.