Special Immigrants are individuals who may be eligible for lawful permanent resident status based on specific visa categories that are listed in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Whether you are eligible to be classified as a special immigrant depends on the requirements for each visa category.
Naturalization is the manner in which a person not born in the United States voluntarily becomes a U.S. citizen.
If you were born outside of the United States, there are two general ways to obtain U.S. citizenship through U.S. citizen parents. You can acquire U.S. citizenship at birth (acquisition) or you can derive citizenship from your parents after your birth but before the age of 18 (derivation).
A Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551) is proof of your permanent resident status in the United States. It also serves as a valid identification document and proof that you are eligible to live and work in the United States.