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Your Rights & Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident

Are you looking to live in the United States as a permanent resident? If you become a permanent resident, the U.S. government expects you to consider our great country your home. As any resident of the U.S., you’re expected to live by the laws of the United States.

Beyond being able to live and work in the U.S. legally, having permanent resident status means that you have certain rights and responsibilities.

In the eyes of the government, being a permanent resident is a privilege, it’s not a right. This means that under certain conditions, the U.S. government can take away someone’s permanent resident status.

In order to live and work in the United States and one day become a citizen, you’re going to have to maintain your permanent resident status.

Your Rights as a Permanent Resident

Essentially, you must be a person of good moral character who maintains good conduct while enjoying permanent resident status. If you violate U.S. immigration laws, or if you engage in criminal behavior, it could affect your ability to become a U.S. citizen at a later date.

Your rights as a permanent resident:

  • Live anywhere in the United States permanently.
  • You can work in the U.S.
  • Apply for a driver’s license.
  • Join the military.
  • If you are eligible, receive government benefits, such as SSI and Medicare.
  • Once you are eligible, apply for citizenship.
  • Own real estate and homes in the U.S.
  • Attend our public schools.
  • Request a visa for your spouse and unwed children so they can live in the U.S.

Your responsibilities as a permanent resident:

  • Obey all local, state and federal laws.
  • Pay local, state and federal income taxes.
  • If you are a male between the ages of 18 and 26, register with the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • Maintain your immigration status.
  • Always carry proof of your permanent resident status.
  • Each time you move, update your address with the USCIS within 10 days.

As a permanent resident, you have numerous rights and freedoms, but in return you must assume some responsibilities. You are encouraged to learn about American history, culture and government.

This can be accomplished by reading newspapers, enrolling in adult education classes and by renting books from your local library.

To learn more about becoming a permanent resident, contact a Plano immigration attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm today!