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Path to Citizenship

Under current immigration law, there is no single path or “line” for U.S. citizenship. Instead, there are several immigrant channels that foreign nationals living abroad or in the country on a temporary visa can navigate toward permanent residence and eventual eligibility for citizenship. Before any person has the opportunity to become a U.S. citizen, they must first attain legal permanent resident status through one of several established immigrant categories and receive a permanent resident card (commonly referred to as a “green card”).

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