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• Individuals born in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, or Swain’s Island;

• Foreign-born children, under age 18, residing in the U.S. with their birth or adoptive parents, at least one of whom is a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization; and

• Individuals granted citizenship status by Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS).


A green card is a document showing evidence of your lawful permanent resident status in the United States. When you become a permanent resident, you receive a green card. The green card is similar in size and shape to a credit card. Newer green cards are machine-readable. The face of a green card shows information such as name, alien registration number, country of birth, birth date, resident date, fingerprint and photo.

Lawful permanent residents or "green card holders" must carry their green card with them at all times.

  • A Tourist Visa is available to foreign nationals who wish to visit the United States for leisure or tourism.
  • Student visas are non-immigrant visas that do not require the holder to obtain citizenship. Any prospective student seeking higher education in another country must obtain a student visa for that country.
  • According to the definition provided by USCIS, a fiancé/fiancée is someone “engaged or contracted to be married”. In order for an alien fiancé/fiancée to marry a U.S. citizen, marriage must be legally possible according to state specific laws. 


  • Work permit is a generic term for a legal authorization which allows a person to take employment. It is most often used in reference to instances where a person is given permission to work in a country where one does not hold citizenship.

  • The E-2 Investor Visa allows an individual to enter and work inside of the United States based on an investment he or she will be controlling, while inside the United States. This visa must generally be renewed, but there is no limit to how many times one can renew. 

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