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Adjustment of Status – This is the final step of the green card process taken by a person inside the United States to apply for lawful resident status. This is in contrast to consular processing.
Alien – An individual, living in the United States, who is not a U.S. citizen.
Alien Registration Receipt Card – The official name for a green card.
Appeal – A formal request to a higher court or agency to change a decision made by a lower court or agency. For example, if an immigrant loses his case at Immigration Court, he can ask a higher court, like the Board of Immigration Appeals, to reverse the Immigration Court’s decision.
BIA – This stands for the Board of Immigration Appeals. If a person loses their case at Immigration Court, the usual course is to file a challenge (an “appeal”) of the decision with the next higher authority, the BIA.
Consular Processing – The final step of the green card process taken by a person who is living in another country to obtain lawful resident status in the United States. This is in contrast to adjustment of status.
Department of State – The government agency which oversees U.S. embassies and consulates in other countries. The Department of States decides who is entitled to a green card or visa when the person files outside the United States.
Deportation – In many aspects of immigration law, this term has been replaced by Removal. If an alien violates immigration laws, he may be declared deportable by an immigration judge. He will then be forced to leave the country.
Employment Authorization Card – The official name for a work permit.
Green Card – This refers to the document given to persons who have become lawful permanent residents. This is a not the formal name, but it is still used – even though the card is not green. It is actually pink. The formal government name for the card is Alien Registration Receipt Card.
Immigrant – In the normal use of the word, a person born in another country is considered an immigrant. However, the United States government only considers individuals who have become permanent residents to be immigrants.
I-94 Card – A card given to all non-immigrants when they are allowed to enter the United States. It serves as evidence that the person has entered the country legally. It also includes a stamp with a date indicating how long that person may stay here.
Lawful Permanent Resident – This is a person born in another country who has been granted permission to live permanently in the United States. This person is given a Green Card. Generally, after five years, this person can apply for Naturalization.
Naturalization – This refers to the process taken by individuals, born in other countries, who have taken steps to become U.S. citizens.
Non-Immigrants – This term is used by the U.S. government to describe individuals who come to the United States legally for a short time. This includes students and visitors from other countries.
Passport – A travel document allowing an individual to gain admission into a different country.
Priority Date – This is like an invisible ticket. Once a person applies for green card, they are given a filing date. This date is like taking a ticket in a line. When the government starts working on cases with that date, the person can file papers to complete adjustment of status or consular processing.
Removal – The term is now used to replace Deportation. Normally, this refers to the process taken by the government in Immigration Court to decide whether a person is entitled to remain in the United States. If the judge decides a person is removable, the person will be forced to leave the country.
Status – This refers to the specific privileges you gain when you are granted immigration benefits as a lawful permanent resident or as a non-immigrant.
USCIS – This stands for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. This government agency has responsibility for deciding whether to grant or deny immigration benefits (Green Cards, Work Permits, etc.) for persons who have applied while living in the United States.
Visa – This is the stamp which is placed in a passport by a United States consulate office, normally in another country, which serves to allow immigrants to enter the United States.
Work Permit – This refers to the document given to persons who have been granted the right to work legally in the United States. The government name for the card is the Employment Authorization Card
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