What exactly are the requirements to be an alien?

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I recently had a request for a bond with my mortgage and the man said he was a foreigner. I intend this terminology is, but have no idea what that means.

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    JohnTAdams3
    April 29, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    From the U.S. perspective, a foreign national is someone who was born in another country and is not a U.S. citizen.

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    nathan_p84
    April 30, 2011 at 12:14 am

    A foreign national is a person with citizenship in another country, but living in the country to which they’re referring to ( this case, the U.S.A.).
    The rights of these people are nearly the same as citizens, except for certain citizenry ones, like voting, government positions, etc.
    The “requirements” are set out by the Immigration Service. You must have a permanent resident’s visa (green card). Tourists and temporary stays do not count.

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    Andy
    April 30, 2011 at 12:37 am

    I would have said that a foreign national means an alien; but in fact that’s not true in every case. Under the Ireland Act 1949 a citizen of the Irish Republic is not an alien in the United Kingdom. But such a citizen would still be a foreign national. Unless born in Northern Ireland, in which case s/he would be a dual citizen.

    But usually that’s what a foreign national is: an alien.

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