change of status- The procedure where a person is allowed to convert from one nonimmigrant status to another.
citizenship- A person's legal affiliation with a particular country that generally gives the right to enter that country as well as has certain obligations to it.
green card- Commonly used term for the document issued by the INS as evidence of lawful permanent resident status. The "green" card no longer exists, because the card issued is now blue. A permanent resident is required to carry his green card at all times.
I-94- The INS form issued to arriving non-permanent residents that indicates the person's legal status. An I-94 will indicate the status as well as the expiration date of the status and whether the status has been changed. All aliens must carry with them either an I-94 or a "green card".
immigrant visa- A travel document issued by a U.S. Consul allowing a person to seek admission to the U.S. for permanent residence.
non-immigrant visa- A travel document allowing a person to seek admission at a U.S. port of entry to be admitted for a definite period of time.
non-immigrant workers- Special category of visas for persons coming to the U.S. for a limited period of time to work.
parole- A document allowing a person to be admitted to the U.S. on other than an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa, usually to allow humanitarian admission to the U.S.
refugee visa - A travel document issued to a refugee allowing him to seek admission to the U.S.
visa- A travel document allowing a person to seek admission to a country. A visa may be in the form of an immigrant visa, a nonimmigrant visa, or a refugee visa.
visa lottery - An annual lottery conducted to allow the admission of a limited number of persons from certain designated countries as immigrants.
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