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What is my citizenship/residency status? | Private Student Loans

Citizenship is usually acquired through birth, descent from citizens, or naturalization depending on the country's laws. Residency status, on the other hand, pertains to the temporary or permanent authorization to live in a country without necessarily obtaining citizenship. Residency status is often subject to various visas or permits, and its terms can vary based on the purpose of your stay, such as for work or study. 

  • You're considered a U.S. Citizen if you were born in the U.S. or came to the U.S. from another country through the naturalization process.
  • You're considered a U.S. Permanent Resident if you possess a 10-year (non-conditional) Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).
  • You’re considered a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient if you have been granted deferred action status by the U.S. government. 
  • You’re an Asylee if you have been granted asylum by the U.S. government. 

If none of these statuses applies to you, select Non-US Resident / Other on your application. Residency/citizenship documentation will be required.

Are you a cosigner or a student wanting to add a cosigner?

  • All cosigners must be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, DACA, or Asylee.
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