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An Overview Of The Four Categories Of Immigration Status In The U.S.


Immigration law in the U.S. is complex and ever-changing, with four distinct categories of immigration status. Anyone seeking to understand their immigration status or the status of someone they know should consult an immigration attorney or lawyer to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.

At Griffith Immigration Law in Baltimore, we can help explain the different types of immigration status and help you understand your status. Here is an overview of the four categories of immigration status:

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Citizens are people born in the U.S. or have gone through the process of becoming a citizen. Becoming a U.S. citizen is typically done through naturalization, a process in which a non-citizen of the U.S. voluntarily applies for citizenship and meets all the criteria for eligibility.

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Becoming a U.S. resident requires certain criteria to be met. You must have a valid visa or green card, living in the country for a certain amount of time, and filing taxes in the country.

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Someone is considered a U.S. non-immigrant if they temporarily visit the United States for business, pleasure, or medical treatment. Non-immigrants are not seeking permanent residency or a green card and are typically issued a visa that allows them to stay in the country for a specific amount of time.

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Someone becomes an undocumented citizen in the United States when they enter the country without the proper authorization given by the US government. This may be due to the person overstaying their visa, crossing the border unlawfully, or not having any authorization to be in the country.

It is essential to understand the four categories of immigration status so you can determine which type of visa or green card is right for you. An immigration attorney or lawyer at Raymond O. Griffith’s law firm can help you to understand the nuances of immigration law and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to learn more.

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