Legal immigrants to the United States fall under a wide range of categories, child care providers, highly technical immigrant workers, to Permanent residents. The documentation for each category however is different. Permanent residents are issued Green cards as proof that they are authorized to live and work in the United States.
Having a Green Card is a right and not to be taken lightly as a privilege. Having a Permanent resident status means you will have to abide by all the laws of the land and uphold all the responsibilities that the permanent resident status brings along with the freedom and protection the country offers you.
What are my rights as a Green Card Holder?
As a Green card holder, here are some of your rights:
You can legally work in the United States in a job of your choosing depending on your qualification.
You can permanently live in the country, provided you do not involve yourself in any actions against the law of the country.
You will be protected by the laws governing the state of your residence and the country.
You can request visas for your spouse and children.
You can travel anywhere inside the United States, and also out of the country and remain outside for a specific period of time.
You can own property in the United States, you can obtain a driver’s license, you can apply for medicare benefits if you are eligible.
You can apply to become a U.S citizen once you become eligible.
What are the responsibilities that a Green card brings along?
Holding a Green card brings along responsibilities:
You must obey all federal, state and local laws.
You must file income tax by reporting your income to the U.S Internal Revenue Service and State Government tax authorities.
You must maintain your immigration status at all times. You must also carry proof of your Permanent Resident status with you at all times as required by the Government.
You are required to, as a male between the ages of 18 to 26, register with the Selective Service (U.S Armed Forces).
You are expected to support the democratic form of the Government of the United States at all times.
The Green card comes with a 10 year validity period, after which you will have to renew the green card. If the Green card expires, it does not mean your Permanent resident status has expired. But the law requires you to carry proof of your permanent residence with you at all times. You simply have to renew the proof of your Permanent Residence and obtain a new Green card. Use our Green card renewal Application Form I-90 to make the process easier and quicker.