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What is the difference between an alien and and an immigrant?

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Answered 2012-09-26 22:28:28

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).

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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 aliens.

An alien whose temporary visa has expired and who remains in the country or a person who entered the country illegally is called an undocumented alien.

AnswerWhen 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.
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