Foreign national

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A foreign national is any person who is not a national of a particular country. Foreign national_sentence_0

For example, a foreign national in Canada is someone who is neither a Canadian citizen nor a permanent resident. Foreign national_sentence_1

Canada Foreign national_section_0

The law of Canada divides people into three major groups: citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals. Foreign national_sentence_2

Under Section 2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection of Canada (IRPA), "foreign national means a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, and includes a stateless person." Foreign national_sentence_3

United States Foreign national_section_1

The term foreign national is not defined in US immigration law, which uses the term alien instead. Foreign national_sentence_4

However, the term is used in US election law to identify people who are not allowed to contribute to federal campaigns. Foreign national_sentence_5

For that purpose, the definition excludes permanent residents even though they do not possess US nationality: "the term 'foreign national' means... an individual who is not a citizen of the United States or a national of the United States (as defined in section of title 8) and who is not lawfully admitted for permanent residence, as defined by section of title 8." Foreign national_sentence_6

In other words, US citizens, US nationals, and US permanent residents are not foreign nationals for the purpose of making campaign contributions. Foreign national_sentence_7

See also Foreign national_section_2

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