Are you working on your Path to Citizenship? Before you begin the process, it is a good idea to become more familiar with some of the most common terms found in U.S. Immigration Law. These simple words may mean one thing in regular conversation, but have a more significant meaning when you are facing a lawyer, judge, or clerk in relation to your application for citizenship or for a green card.

Immigrant: An immigrant is a citizen of a nation other than the United States who wishes to apply or has applied for their green card, and intends on becoming a citizen.

Lawful Permanent Resident:  This person has filed the right paperwork to begin the process of becoming a citizen. They have received their green card, can legally work in the country and can formally apply for citizenship after five years.

A-Number: When filling out paperwork for an employer or during the naturalization process, you will be asked for your A-Number. This is the alien registration number located on your green card. It always begins with the letter "A" and is 8 or 9 digits long.

Naturalization: This is the process of becoming a United States citizen.

Unauthorized Immigrant: An unauthorized immigrant has been denied a green card or has failed to file for a permanent resident alien card within the time required by law. They are often referred to as illegal aliens or undocumented workers, as well.

Alien Registration Receipt Card: This is more widely known as your green card--as the card used to have a green background. It shows your A-number, your name, date of birth, country of origin, and an expiration date for the card. They typically are good for 10 years and can be renewed. They are a valid form of government identification.

Refugee: A person who flees their home country due to persecution based on race, religion, political standing or nationality.

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