- A U.S. citizen is someone who was born in the U.S. or to U.S. citizen parents, or someone who applies to become a citizen and gets naturalized.
- An immigrant is anyone living in the U.S. who is not a U.S. citizen. Some immigrants have documents like green cards, or work visas, or other kinds of visas. Other immigrants are undocumented. That means they do not have a green card or other valid legal visa.
- A lawful permanent resident (someone with a “green card”) is an immigrant with legal permission to live in the U.S. for as long as s/he wants to. Permanent residents get special cards that they must carry. (Cards issued since 2010 are green. Older “green cards” may be yellow or gold.)
In the U.S., some public benefits are only for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. But anyone, including undocumented immigrants, can get the following benefits in California…
If your child is born in the U.S., he or she is a U.S. citizen.
Immigrants often need advice to understand how the legal system works. But be very careful when you look for advice. There are people who seem to be lawyers—or even say they are lawyers—but they are not.
If you are under 26, you are eligible for full-scope Medi-cal.
If you are 26 or older and don’t have immigration papers, you could be eligible for certain kinds of limited state-based health care.
That depends on your status.
Immigration Officers usually ask where you were born and whether you have immigration documentation.
It depends. To avoid getting deported, make sure you obey the laws, and stay away from people who do not obey the law.