A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a "Green Card." You can become a permanent resident several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylee status or other humanitarian programs. In some cases, you may be eligible to file for yourself.
After an immigrant has been issued a green card, or permanent residency status, he or she is able to legally live and work anywhere in the United States. An immigrant that has already been issued a green card does not have to apply for a separate work visa to get a job. Travel permits are not required between states, and the individual also has the right to apply for a driver’s license or attend college.
Responsibilities when issued a green card includes registering for the selective service, obtaining a Social Security card, and paying income taxes. If a green card holder fails to renew his or her green card as required, her or she could fall "out-of-status," which means that his or her continued presence in the United States would be considered illegal and subject to deportation.
When you must address legal issues relating to U.S. Green Card or other immigration law issues or disputes, we urge you to be proactive in ensuring your legal rights are protected and that you are treated fairly.
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