What is the difference between an alien and and an immigrant?
An alien is someone who comes to America not planning on
staying there (ex. living there). But an immigrant is someone who
comes to America planning on, or in the process of staying there
(ex. living there).
Immigrants and Aliens. The legal terminologies are important to
know. An alien is a person who was not born in the United States
and comes into the country from outside. (Do not confuse this use
of the term "alien" with its frequent use in science fiction to
refer to people from outer space.)
After the alien enters the United States legally with the intent
to stay in the country, he or she becomes an immigrant.
Aliens admitted legally into the country for temporary periods
of time such as tourists or students are called nonimmigrant
aliens. The term legal aliens refers to both these types of
An alien whose temporary visa has expired and who remains in the
country or a person who entered the country illegally is called an
When someone is new to a country they are called an alien. But when
they become a citizen of that country of which they are now in, the
are known as an immigrant.