An immigrant is a non-U.S. citizen present in or entering the United States with an intent to reside there permanently. The laws governing immigration in the United States presume that any foreign-born person, also called a foreign national, coming to the United States has the intent to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR). An LPR is someone who has been granted an immigrant visa, which is also referred to as a “green card”. Lawful permanent residents may live and work in the U.S. indefinitely as long as they do not commit any offenses that would subject them to deportation.
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A non-immigrant is a foreign national permitted to enter the U.S. for a limited duration. They may be traveling for purposes such as tourism, education, temporary employment, business investment, etc.. Non-immigrants are granted non-immigrant visas.
Learn more about Non-Immigrant Visas.