Your Rights as a Permanent Resident

Your Rights as a Permanent Resident

If you’re interested in becoming a permanent resident of the United States, the American people will welcome you and wish you the best of luck in the U.S.

The United States was built by immigrants from all over the world; America recognizes the contributions of immigrants who come to America, the land of freedom and opportunity.

If you become a permanent resident (green card holder), you will want to learn about our history, our system, and our government. You are encouraged to learn about our federal holidays, and how historical events have shaped the U.S. to the country that it is today.

Making the United States Home

Once you become a permanent resident, you will be expected to call the U.S. your home. With that in mind, you will have to respect and obey our laws, otherwise you could face deportation. Unfortunately, the U.S. government can take away a permanent resident status under certain circumstances.

Please keep in mind that once you become a permanent resident, you have to maintain your permanent resident status to live and work in the U.S. and one day enjoy citizenship.

Your rights as a permanent resident, include:

  • You can live permanently in the U.S.
  • You can work in the U.S.
  • You can own real estate in the U.S.
  • You can attend public school
  • You can obtain a driver’s license
  • You can join the U.S. Armed Forces
  • You can receive benefits, such as Social Security and Medicare, if you meet the requirements
  • Once you are eligible, you can apply to be a U.S. citizen
  • You can request a visa for close family members, such as your spouse and children
  • You can leave and reenter the U.S. under certain circumstances

While there are countless benefits to becoming a permanent resident, you will have certain responsibilities, including the responsibility to: 1) obey the law, 2) pay taxes, 3) register for selective service if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 26, 4) maintain permanent resident status, and 5) carry proof of your immigration status with you at all times.

Interested in becoming a permanent resident of the U.S.? If so, contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a consultation with a Plano immigration attorney!