Transit aliens are exempt in many important ways from the requirements for other immigrant travelers in the United States.
Transit aliens are defined as non-U.S. citizens who are permitted to travel through the United States with or without regular visas. They include foreign nationals who are entitled to pass to and from the
Travelers designated as transit aliens are automatically awarded one of three visa types. Holders of the
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Permanent resident status