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Four Different Categories of Immigration Status In The United States

Four Different Categories of Immigration Status In The United States

The immigration law is the United States seems quite completed. But if you start from the beginning and take it step by step, it won’t seem as complicated as everyone makes it sound. Yes, the law can be a bit hard for a common man to understand and evaluate as there are so many factors that one needs to consider in order to get an immigration status in the US which is why immigrants often tend to consult firms that provide Immigration And Naturalization Service San Diego for better results.

But if you are just starting out, it is important that you understand the basic immigration status that the US government has divided the people into. This will help you understand the system better and evaluate your immigration process better. 

US Citizens

US citizens are individuals who have been born on the soil of the United States or have been living in the states for 3 to 5 years after receiving the permanent residence. These individuals are said to be naturalized. Thus they can’t be deported from the country unless the citizenship has been obtained wrongfully. 

Permanent or Conditional Residents 

Permanent and conditional residents are individuals who have the permission to work and live in the country. Permanent residents get a green card and can stay in the country for as long as they like. They also have the choice to apply for US citizenship after 5 years of receiving the green card. Conditional residents on the other hand are couples that got married less than 2 years before getting their green card. They can apply within 2 years of getting their green card for permanent residents so that they don’t get deported by the end.  


These are individuals who have the permission to stay in the country for a temporary period of time. Individuals who fall under this category are students, tourists, business individuals, fiancées and temporary protected individuals. Individual apply in 3 ways 1st directly to the United States consulate 2nd (B-2) emabasy abroad for a Tourist and the 3rd way by business immigrants visa. They can live in the country only for the specified period. 


Undocumented or in simple Illegal immigration that enter in United States by violating the Federal Immigration law, every year it is increasing in number, some legal acts like DREAM Act helps the undocumented immigrants but it was not approved. These are individuals who have entered the entry without documentation and are at the constant risk of deportation any time during their stay in the country. 

Final Words

Getting an understanding of the different categories of the immigration status in the United States helps you choose the best San Diego Immigration lawyer for the job. Remember, the person you choose to represent your case matters a lot so make sure to make the decision after a lot of consideration. You want to get the best of the best so this is a decision that you want to get right. 

Author Bio:

Harun Kazmi is a Business and Family Immigration and Nationality Law Firm member since last 7 years. With years of experience, he is professional immigration lawyers carry a complete understanding of immigration services.

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