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A foreign-born person who has not qualified as a citizen of the country.
1) n. a person who is not a citizen of the country. 2) in the United States any person born in another country to parents who are not American and who has not become a naturalized citizen. There are resident aliens officially permitted to live in the country and illegal aliens who have sneaked into the country or stayed beyond the time allowed on a visa. 3) v. to convey title to property.
Foreign-born persons who have not been naturalized to become U.S. citizens under federal law and the Constitution.
Much of U.S. immigration relates to policies and law related to the legal status of aliens within the country.
Under UK law, the term ‘alien’ is defined by exclusion: any individual who is neither a British citizen nor a member of any one of several non-citizen ‘privileged’ groups in the UK, is considered an alien. The term ‘alien’ itself is ordinarily used to refer to a foreign national present in the UK.
On the whole, the law assumes that aliens are subject to the same legal rights and responsibilities as citizens of the UK, but with the following exceptions:
Any alien who engages in a criminal act may be deported.
The federal immigration laws determine whether a person is an alien. Generally, a person born in a foreign country is an alien, but a child born in a foreign nation to parents who are U.S. citizens is a U.S. citizen. The term alien also refers to a native-born U.S. citizen who has relinquished U.S. citizenship by living and acquiring citizenship in another country. Aliens are categorized in several ways: resident and nonresident, immigrant and nonimmigrant documented, and undocumented (“illegal”).
Immigration and Naturalization
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