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National – Glossary Definition

National – Glossary Definition


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What is a National?

A national is a person born in a territory that is under the administration of another sovereign entity; for example, Puerto Ricans are considered to be U.S. nationals. Also, of course, a person born within the contiguous United States are also U.S. nationals.

See also: Citizen.

More on Nationals

Citizenship is a legal status (“I am a citizen of the United States“), making it slightly different than being a national. A person from Poland may immigrate to Brazil and become a Brazilian citizen, but they would still have a Polish nationality (and, often, ethnicity).

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