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So, I'm a high school student (international) trying to apply for a summer school in the United States. During the application process, there's a prompt that asks for my citizenship status, and one option is "Not a US citizen or permanent resident", while another one is "Not a US citizen or permanent resident but dependent of a visa holder". I'm not sure what does that mean. Hope somebody can explain it to me. Thanks!

Update: I asked them and they said they have useable B1 visas, so they should be visa holders I suppose? I don't understand why "dependent of a visa holder" is equivalent to "us citizen or permanent resident" as the answer below suggests (if we just take the words literally!)

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The second option means that you are someone who is in the country as a dependent of someone who is there on a visa.

This could be a child/spouse of someone who is there on a student visa or otherwise visiting.

It does not apply to you.

You should choose "Not a US citizen or permanent resident".

  • What if my parents could obtain new B-type visas during that time? But, of course, their old visas are expired now. – Macrophage Jan 7 '18 at 4:54
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    The application is asking about your current status, not what your future status may be. – Burhan Khalid Jan 7 '18 at 4:55
  • Then, does the expired visas make sense? Just want to check that... because the descriptions on that program's site stated that all international students are welcomed to apply, and do not mention any such restrictions in the application form.. :| – Macrophage Jan 7 '18 at 4:59
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    Quite simply, the application is asking at the time you are filling in the application, are you a US citizen or permanent resident? The answer is No. – Burhan Khalid Jan 7 '18 at 5:03
  • Don't think about things. Just answer the question directly! – fabspro Jan 7 '18 at 9:45

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