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English definition of “resident alien”

resident alien

noun [C]     LAW
someone who has permission to live in a foreign country either permanently or temporarily: If you are a resident alien, you must follow the same tax laws as US citizens.
(Definition of resident alien noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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