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What is the difference between a legal alien and a permanent resident?

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2005-10-03 15:58:15
2005-10-03 15:58:15

A permanant resident I believe is somebody here with a green card a legal alien is somebody here on a visa!

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A permanent alien can stay in a country, but not have resident status and certain privleges.

A naturalized citizen is a permanent resident and has all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. A legal alien has permission to reside in the country (which may or may not be permanent, depending on the terms of the visa). A resident alien cannot vote or serve on a jury.

A non-permanent resident alien is an individual that holds employment in the United States. They are not a citizen and they do not have a green card.

An alien is not illegal as long as she/he has documentation of status. An alien who is documented to be a permanent resident is not illegal. If the alien does not have and never has had documentation of an immigration status, then that person is an illegal alien.

There is not much difference and there is a LOT of difference! A visa number is assigned to a person entering the USA. It later can become his/her Resident Alien number if alien status is granted. An alien number (usually from your visa number) is assigned to you when you have been granted legal Resident Alien status.

I believe you are not a resident alien at all, you are a alien, legally allowed to live and work in the USA for the duration of the L1 (up to 7 years) but you are not a "resident" There are many law firms who could answer precisely this question.

No. Only the country's immigration department can grant a person residency. However, marriage to a permanent resident may assist the alien in their application to residency.

You need to be a permanent resident for 10 years.

If sponsored by a spouse, who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, an alien may obtain permanent resident status through the use of a petition naming the alien as a direct beneficiary. Marriage is the tool by which this is done. However, if the marriage is terminated through divorce or annulment before permanent residence is granted, then the alien will not be eligible for permanent resident status by this affiliation. So the answer to your question depends on whether or not you completed your immigration status, if so then you will be seen as a legal resident.

A legal alien has to be a permanent resident for at least 5 years before becoming a US citizen. However, it may take a long time before the alien become a permanent resident. For example, an alien could be on a student visa for 10 years before becoming a permanent resident. They would then have to wait another 5 years before becoming a US citizen.

You can go to the USCIS website and find the form for renewal of alien resident card (permanent resident card or "green card"), fill out the application, print it and send it with other required documents along with the payment. Your other choice is going to the INS and get the forms.

In my opinion a permanent resident alien should be able to receive disability benefits if only he is qualified for that according to the same low what is for US citizen. Opposite to this statment is in contradiction to humanitarian law. Janusz Gajewski

Answer: If you have been married for 3 yrs or more than you can choose to renew your permanent resident card or file for citizenship. If you choose to renew your card, its the same process as any other permanent resident would have to go through.

The resident would need to wait until becoming a US citizen until filing for residency for the illegal alien spouse.

What is a resident alien? The term 'resident alien' means an individual whose residence is within the Philippines and who is not a citizen thereof.

how can a alien resident update his passport? how can a alien resident update his passport?

No! The original Permanent Resident Alien Cards were green, and conversationally, the term "Green Card" still means Permanent Resident Status. Now they do have small green stripes on them. See related link.

Yes, however you would have to wait until your spouse becomes a citizen in order to file for alien resident status.

It depends on how long they were married. Generally if it was less than 2 years then no.

Maybe use it in "The Alien Resident entered the village.". It means a new, and not native, Resident.

The simple answer is, NO, at least not right away. An illegal alien gains very little from marriage to a permanent resident. You cannot adjust status to permanent resident inside the U.S. You would have to leave the country to apply for an immigrant visa based upon the marriage.


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