resident is a non-US citizen who has been given permission to live permanently
in the US
Card - although no longer green, this term is still used. Its official
name is the Alien Registration Receipt Card which must be renewed every
ten years and is issued to individuals who become Permanent residents.
are those who come to the US temporarily for some particular purpose but
who do not remain permanently.
- there is a limit on the number of visas issued each year and it can
sometimes take many years to obtain a Green Card.
Immediate relatives are not subject to a quota. They are:
Those who marry Permanent Residents of the US are subject to
a quota and the queue is now a waiting period of 4-5 years with every
prospect of it becoming longer
and Naturalization Service (INS) is the government agency having primary
responsibility in the US for most matters concerning foreigners who enter
the country. It is part of the Department of Justice
of State (DOS) regulates immigration outside of the United States. It
operates US Embassies and Consulates
of Labor (DOL) is the government agency involved with some types of visa
which are job-related. The DOL receives applications for Labour Certifications
which are necessary for some immigrant visas.
Naturalization is the process of becoming a US citizen.