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Status means a person’s legal condition, whether personal or proprietary.

In the context of immigration law, it is the name of the visa category a person has been assigned and the group of privileges received upon becoming either a permanent resident or a non-immigrant (temporary visa holder). This case from the Fifth Circuit, explains that “status” describes the type of permission that an individual has to be present in the United States.

Additionally, this case from Louisiana, explains that in the context of the law of domicile (which governs and controls the status of the individual), status includes conditions such as marriage, adoption, infancy, and legitimacy. 

[Last updated in September of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]