There Are Many Different Types Of Immigration Status. As An Immigrant, You Might Be One Of The Following:
United States Citizen
If you were born in the United States, you are a U.S. citizen, even if you were raised in another country. You also may be a citizen if one of your parents was a U.S. citizen at the time you were born. A United States citizen has the right to live, work and vote in the U.S. and is eligible for many federal benefits, such as educational loans and social services. U.S. citizens cannot be forced to leave the United States or be deported back to their home country.
Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)
An LPR (someone with a “green card”) has permission to live and work in the United States, but is not eligible for certain benefits, such as voting and some social services. An LPR may travel in and out of the country, as long as he/she does not spend a long period abroad. An LPR may only be deported if he/she is convicted of certain crimes or violates an immigration law.
A temporary visitor is someone who has permission from the government, usually in the form of a “visa,” to live in the United States for a limited period of time and for a specific purpose (such as studying, working, visiting family, or tourism). These types of visas generally have expiration dates and if the immigrant does not renew it before it expires, then he/she will no longer have legal immigration status.
An undocumented immigrant does not have permission to live or work in the United States and is at risk of deportation. Anyone who is not a U.S. citizen, and does not have a green card or a current visa, is undocumented.