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RESIDENTIAL GLOSSARY


Naturalized Citizen: An immigrant who has applied for and received
citizenship
status from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Requirements
include
basic English language and writing skills, as well as some knowledge of
American
history and civics. Immigrants cannot apply until they have lived in this
country
for five years. However, immigrants who marry a U.S. citizen may go through
the naturalization
process after three years.

Legal Immigrant: Otherwise known as lawful permanent residents (LPR), legal immigrants have been issued a visa from the State Department to live and/or work in the U.S. LPRs have to be sponsored by family members already living in the U.S., or they must secure employment-based sponsorship. Requirements include medical and criminal background checks.

Illegal Immigrant: Immigrants who either entered the country illegally or who have overstayed their visas. INS estimates that five million immigrants are living in the U.S. illegally.




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