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What Are the Rights & Responsibilities of a Green Card Holder?

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There are rights and responsibilities tied to permanent residents or green card holders. If you want to apply for a visa, it is important to understand the rights and responsibilities that come with getting a green card. Our Orange County immigration lawyers explain the rights and responsibilities of a green card holder.

What Are the Rights of a Permanent Resident?

When a foreign immigrant becomes a permanent resident, they obtain various rights that protect them under U.S. law. Below are the rights of a permanent resident:

  • A green card holder has the right to live permanently in the United States as long as they don’t commit any actions that would make them removable under immigration law.
  • A green card holder also has the right to work in the United States at any legal work. However, there may be some exclusions, since some jobs are only limited to U.S. citizens.
  • A green card holder will also be protected by all laws of the United States, including state and local jurisdiction.

What Are the Responsibilities of a Permanent Resident?

Aside from the variety of rights that permanent residents have, they also have a set of responsibilities. Failing to follow the set responsibilities can result in serious consequences. Below are the responsibilities of a green card holder.

  • A green card holder is required to obey all laws of the United States and localities
  • A green card holder is also required to file your income tax returns and report income to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state taxing authorities
  • A green card holder is expected to support the democratic form of government; however, this does not include voting. Permanent residents cannot vote in federal, state, or local elections.
  • A male green card holder between the age of 18 and 25 is required to register with the Selective Service.

If you want to become a permanent resident and get a green card, our team at Yekrangi & Associates can help you. Contact our Orange County immigration attorneys today at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a consultation!

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