Immigrant Intent Law and Legal Definition

Immigrant intent is a concept under the U.S. immigration law which presumes that foreign nationals generally intend to remain in the U.S. permanently as permanent immigrants, although they are applying for a temporary, non-immigrant status.

A common requirement for many non-immigrant visa eligibility is that an alien seeking such classification have nonimmigrant intent rather than immigrant intent. Non-immigrant visa applicants must overcome the presumption that they possess immigrant intent by proving strong financial and family ties to their home country. Many applications for tourist and student visas are denied by U.S. Consulates because of the presence of the immigrant intent in the applicant.