A special immigrant is a person who qualifies for a green card (permanent residence) under the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) special immigrant program. In order to apply for immigration documents under this status, an immigrant must fill out a petition documenting his or her circumstances and submit the petition to USCIS.
Religious workers, Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone government employees, physicians; international organization employees or family members, Juvenile Court dependents, Armed Forces members, Afghanistan or Iraq nationals who supported the U.S. Armed Forces as translators, and Iraq nationals who worked for or on behalf of the U.S. Government in Iraq are eligible for special immigrant visas.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A catchall category of people made eligible to apply for U.S. green cards by specially passed laws. Commonly used special immigrant types include workers for recognized religions, former U.S. government workers, and foreign doctors who have been practicing medicine in the United States for many years.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:24 pm