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DOS - Department of State: The DOS provides information for US citizens traveling abroad, and for foreign citizens trying to obtain a visa to enter the US.
DHS - Department of Homeland Security: DHS is a federal agency whose primary mission is “lead the unified national effort to ensure safe and secure borders, welcome lawful immigrants and visitors, and promote the free-flow of commerce.”
Non-Immigrant: An individual who is not a citizen and holds a temporary immigration status with the intent to leave the US and return home upon completion of their purpose for being here (F-1 and J-1 visa holders are included in this category). Non-Immigrant documents include:
F-1 Status: Individuals in F-1 (non-immigrant) Status are temporarily in the United States engaging in a full course of academic study in an accredited educational program that has been designated by DHS.
J-1 Status: An individual in J-1 (non-immigrant) Status is temporarily in the United States as exchange visitors for the primary purpose of studying, teaching, or conducting research at an academic institution.
Permanent Resident (i.e. Green Card Holder, Eligible Non-Citizen, Resident Alien): A ‘green card holder’ has, through an application process based on family or employment sponsorship, or perhaps through the Green Card Lottery, gained many privileges of US citizenship. PR status is documented with a ‘green card.’ Individuals in this status have access to Federal Financial Aid, upon submission of the FAFSA.
IRS - Internal Revenue Service: The IRS is the US government agency responsible for tax collection and tax law enforcement.
Tax Residency: One’s “Tax Residency” is tied to the country in which an individual is considered financially obligated. It is not necessarily tied to one’s citizenship, nor to one’s residency for immigration purposes. A non-immigrant visitor will be considered a US Resident for Tax Purposes as soon as they meet the requirements of the 'substantial presence test' in IRS Publication 519. In general, one becomes a resident for tax purposes after 5 years of non-immigrant presence in the US.
SSA - Social Security Administration: pays for retirement, disability and survivors benefits to workers and their families and administer the Supplemental Security Income program.
BMV - Bureau of Motor Vehicles: The BMV is the part of The Ohio Department of Public Safety which oversees driver and motor vehicle licensing and registration
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