Understanding the Permanent Resident Green Card

A green card is a small card like a driver’s license that identifies individuals that are staying in the United States but from a foreign country. In other words, you are considered a permanent resident of the United States even if you are not a citizen. There are several ways to get your green card including:

  • Getting a job offer
  • Currently married or engaged to a U.S. citizen
  • If one of your family members is a U.S. citizen
  • You have special status as a physician
  • You are here for asylum from another country
  • You are working here on behalf of a religious institution
  • You are a government or military official

Even if you just have a green card you do have rights. Although you are not yet a citizen, you do have the right to ask for and start the process of getting your citizenship. You will have the ability to travel to and from your home country without issue and you will also be able to exercise constitutional rights. This is part of what makes becoming a United States citizen so easy and rewarding.

Your Responsibility as the Holder of a Green Card

Even if you are not fully a citizen of this country you should be a responsible adult. This means that you should respect the laws of this country. You will also be required to pay income taxes as well. If you are between the ages of 18-25, you must register with Selective Service. Keep in mind that the terms of your green card may be conditional. The application process is fairly simple. If you attempted to marry to get citizenship, your efforts to become a citizen may be thwarted. The laws regarding obtaining a green card and all related matters may be difficult to understand. If you have more questions or you believe that you have a unique situation you should contact an immigration lawyer as soon as possible.

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