Glossary

Use this glossary to find a definition or explanation for a term related to immigration. Start by searching for the term or clicking on the letter your word begins with. You may also view all terms.

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Permanent Resident

A shorter way to say "Legal Permanent Resident" or green card holder.

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Petition

The application that a citizen or green card holder makes for a family member to get a green card.

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Physical Disorder

Immigrants with some physical conditions may not be allowed in the U.S. if a doctor says they are dangerous.

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Physical Harm

Hurting or injuring someone else's body, such as hitting, beating, or raping.

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Probation

A kind of punishment for a crime that limits a person's freedom for a specific period of time. The person must follow certain rules during that time, such as no drinking, no illegal activities, etc.

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Prosecutor

A lawyer who represents the government in a criminal case and works for a fair result. The prosecutor decides if there is enough evidence to charge someone with a crime. If the case goes to a judge, the prosecutor tries to prove the person is guilty.

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Psychological Abuse or Harm

Repeated bad conduct, threats, insults or other actions to hurt how another person feels about themself.