Definition of foreign national in English:

foreign national


  • A person who is not a naturalized citizen of the country in which they are living.

    ‘most of the students affected were said to be foreign nationals’
    • ‘The award is rarely received by foreign nationals and the pair are the first Belgians to be honoured in this way.’
    • ‘In attempting to recruit candidates abroad, we have had difficulties overcoming the immigration hurdles involved in bringing foreign nationals to work in Ireland.’
    • ‘Under Philippine customs laws, foreign nationals should not bring out cash exceeding $10,000.’
    • ‘This reporter has travelled more than once with a foreign national who was travelling into the country on a UK work visa.’
    • ‘The minister said these figures represent only a fraction of the number of farms owned by foreign nationals.’
    • ‘Are restrictions imposed on foreign nationals opening a bank account?’
    • ‘Many Senegalese merchants, artisans, and tailors live in the country, and they are joined by foreign nationals from other African countries.’
    • ‘The Immigration Service will invite "certain groups of foreign nationals" to join the scheme.’
    • ‘If these foreign nationals were sent back to their country they would face torture and death.’
    • ‘I am a foreign national living in the United States, and I really like it here.’
    • ‘"We had an evacuee handling centre where the Australian nationals and approved foreign nationals were processed," he said.’
    • ‘Overseas buyers are restricted by the Thai land code, which states that foreign nationals may not own freehold land in Thailand.’
    • ‘Concerned about the general problem of students overstaying their visas, federal agents have targeted a wide swath of foreign nationals.’
    • ‘All countries have different rules regarding the obligation for foreign nationals to contribute to social security plans.’
    • ‘Unless a foreign national is a legal permanent resident of the United States, he or she is strictly barred from funneling money to political candidates on the federal, state, and even local levels.’
    • ‘The 8.2% who remained untraced included a high proportion of foreign nationals and temporary residents.’
    • ‘At Princeton University, for example, 43% of graduate students are foreign nationals, most of them in technical fields.’
    • ‘In 1992 Switzerland counted 6.9 million inhabitants, including one million foreign nationals.’
    • ‘The tours have hitherto been limited to South Koreans, although 40 foreign nationals were invited to join a free-of-charge, promotional visit to the mountain in October.’
    • ‘German nationality was reported by 92.3% respondents, 2.3% were Turkish, and 4.5% were other foreign nationals.’
    alien, non-native, immigrant, settler, newcomer, stranger, outsider
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