What is the difference between an immigrant and a nonimmigrant?
An immigrant is someone who is looking to move to the U.S. on a permanent basis while a nonimmigrant is someone who will stay in the U.S. for a temporary period of time.
People who petition to enter the United States do so for one of two reasons: To make a permanent move or to stay for a short time. To enter the U.S., foreign nationals need to seek a visa. There is only one immigrant visa and it is known as the Permanent Resident Card or Green Card. There are several types of nonimmigrant visas. They can range from travel visas to work visas.
In some cases, nonimmigrants are able to switch their status to that of immigrant.
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