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Immigration Glossary

A glossary of immigration terms to help you better understand the immigration process.

Adjust Status
A definition of the immigration term, adjust status.

Advance Parole
A definition of the immigration term, advance parole.

Affidavit of Support
A definition of the immigration term, affidavit of support.

Alien Registration Number
A definition of the term, alien registration number, as it applies to immigration.

Alien
A definition of the immigration term, alien.

Asylum
A definition of the immigration term, asylum.

Beneficiary
A definition of the immigration term, beneficiary.

Biometrics
A definition of the immigration term, biometrics.

CBP
A definition of the immigration term, CBP.

Child
A definition of the immigration term, child.

Civil Surgeon
A definition of the immigration term, civil surgeon.

Conditional Permanent Resident
A definition of the immigration term, conditional permanent resident.

Deferred Inspection
A definition of the immigration term, deferred inspection.

Department of Homeland Security
A definition of the immigration term, Department of Homeland Security.

Emigrate
A definition of the immigration term, emigrate.

Employment Authorization Document
A definition of the immigration term, employment authorization document

Employment Fifth Preference
A definition of the immigration term, employment fifth preference.

Employment First Preference
A definition of the immigration term, employment first preference.

Employment Fourth Preference
A definition of the immigration term, employment fourth preference.

Employment Second Preference
A definition of the immigration term, employment second preference.

Employment Third Preference
A definition of the immigration term, employment third preference.

Expatriate
A definition of the immigration term, expatriate.

Expatriation
A definition of the immigration term, expatriation.

Family First Preference
A definition of the immigration term, family first preference.

Family Fourth Preference
A definition of the immigration term, family fourth preference.

Family Second Preference
A definition of the immigration term, family second preference.

Family Third Preference
A definition of the immigration term, family third preference.

Firm Resettlement
A definition of the immigration term, firm resettlement.

Green Card
A definition of the immigration term, green card.

Humanitarian Parole
A definition of the immigration term, humanitarian parole.

I-9
A definition of the immigration term, I-9.

ICE
A definition of the immigration term, ICE.

Illegal Alien
A definition of the immigration term, illegal alien.

Immigrant Visa
A definition of the immigration term, immigrant visa.

Immigrate
A definition of the immigration term, immigrate.

Immigration and Nationality Act
A definition of the immigration term, Immigration and Nationality Act.

INS
A definition of the immigration term, INS.

Joint Sponsor
A definition of the immigration term, joint sponsor.

K1 Fiance Visa
A definition of the immigration term, K1 fiance visa.

K2 Visa
A definition of the immigration term, K2 visa.

K3 Visa
A definition of the immigration term, K3 visa.

K4 Visa
A definition of the immigration term, K4 visa.

Natural Born Citizen
A definition of the immigration term, natural born citizen.

Naturalization
A definition of the immigration term, naturalization.

NOA - Notice of Action
A definition of the immigration term, NOA.

Nonimmigrant Visa
A definition of the immigration term, nonimmigrant visa.

Notario Publico
A definition of the term, Notario Publico, as it applies to immigration.

Overseas Parole
A definition of the immigration term, overseas parole.

Overstay
A definition of the immigration term, overstay.

Panel Physician
A definition of the immigration term, panel physician.

Parolee
A definition of the immigration term, parolee.

Permanent Resident
A definition of the immigration term, permanent resident.

Petitioner
A definition of the immigration term, petitioner.

Port of Entry Parole
A definition of the immigration term, port of entry parole.

Public Charge
A definition of the immigration term, public charge.

Refugee
A definition of the immigration term, refugee.

Sanctuary City
A definition of the immigration term, sanctuary city.

Selective Service
A definition of the immigration term, selective service.

Significant Public Benefit Parole
A definition of the immigration term, significant public benefit parole.

State Children's Health Insurance Program
A definition of the immigration term, SCHIP.

Uniting American Families Act
A definition of the immigration term, Uniting American Families Act.

USCIS
A definition of the immigration term, USCIS.

V1 Visa
A definition of the immigration term, V1 visa.

V2 Visa
A definition of the immigration term, V2 visa.

V3 Visa
A definition of the immigration term, V3 visa.

Waiver of Inadmissibility
A definition of the immigration term, waiver of inadmissibility.

Withholding of Removal
A definition of the immigration term, withholding of removal.

10 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Lawyer
These are 10 questions to ask a prospective lawyer.

Is It Hispanic or Latino?
Whether to use Hispanic or Latino is still a complicated matter of terminology.

What Are 'Anchor Babies'?
The term 'anchor baby' is a disparaging description for children born in the the United States to immigrant parents who came here intending to use birthright citizenship to move their families here.

What Is Chain Migration?
"Chain migration" is a pejorative term often used by oppoents of moderate reform that refers to immigrants bringing their extended families into the United States.

What Is the FDNS?
The Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) investigates immigrants who are suspected of abusing the benefits system or engaging in possible terrorist activity.

How Is First-Generation Immigrant Defined?
Defining first-generation immigrants can be confusing but most often the term refers to the first member of a family to acquire citizenship in a new country.

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