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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