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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Security Threat

Someone the government thinks is dangerous to the public.

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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

If a state court decides that an immigrant child’s parent(s) neglected or abused the child, the child may apply for SIJS and get a green card.

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Sponsor

A U.S. citizen or green card holder who applies for their family member to get a green card.

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Spouse

The person someone is married to; husband or wife.

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Status

Immigration status refers to a person’s legal situation or options. Someone with status has a legal right to be in this country, such as a: U.S. citizen, green card holder, U visa holder, VAWA recipient, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), asylee, etc.