Foreign national

someone in a country who isn't a citizen or permanent resident

A foreign national is a person who is visiting or living in a country where they are not a citizen.

European UnionEdit

The European Union has a different definition of "foreign national." In the European Union, a person is only thought of as a foreign national if they are not a citizen of any country in the European Union. These people are called "third party nationals," not "foreign nationals."[1]

The United StatesEdit

The United States Department of Homeland Security says that a foreign national as a person "who is a citizen of any country other than the United States."[2]

In other words, a foreign national is a person who:[3]

  • Was born outside the United States; and
  • Is a citizen of another country; and
  • Has not become a United States citizen through naturalization.


  1. European Migration Network (July 2013). Intra-EU Mobility of Third-Country Nationals: European Migration Network Study 2013 (PDF) (Report). European Commission. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  2. "Glossary" (PDF). United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2008. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  3. "Foreign Nationals". United States Federal Election Commission. July 2003. Retrieved April 8, 2016.