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Transit Alien

An alien in immediate and continuous transit through the United States, with or without a visa, including,

  1. aliens who qualify as persons entitled to pass in transit to and from the United Nations Headquarters District and foreign countries and

  2. foreign government officials and their spouses and unmarried minor (or dependent) children in transit.

Transit Without Visa
(TWOV)

A transit alien traveling without a nonimmigrant visa under section 233 of the INA. An alien admitted under agreements with a transportation line, which guarantees his immediate and continuous passage to a foreign destination.

Transition Quarter

The three-month period July 1 through September 30, 1976 between fiscal year 1976 and fiscal year 1977. At that time, the fiscal year definition shifted from July 1-June 30 to October 1-September 30.

As a nonimmigrant class of admission, an alien coming to the United States, under the provisions of a treaty of commerce and navigation between the United States and the foreign state of such alien, to carry on substantial trade or to direct the operations of an enterprise in which he/she has invested a substantial amount of capital, and the alien's spouse and unmarried minor children.

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