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Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident


As a permanent resident there are rights and responsibilities you have to follow. This is expected of all citizens and residents within the United States. Once you are a permanent resident of the United States it is expected for you to consider the United States your home and respect and obey the country’s law. You now have new rights and responsibilities that you have to understand and keep in mind that this is a privilege not a right.

The rights a permanent resident has is you can live permanently anywhere in the United States, work in the United States, and own property in the United States. You and/or your children can attend public school. Once you are 16 years old you or your children can apply for driver’s license. You are maybe able to join certain branches of the United States Armed Forces. You are able to receive social security, supplemental security, Medicare. You can apply for the United States citizenship once eligible. You are able to request visa for your spouse and unmarried children to live in the United States. And you are able to leave and return to the United States under certain conditions.

As a permanent resident you have to obey all federal, state, and local laws. You must pay federal, state, and local income taxes. If you are male, you must register with the selective service if you are a male between the ages of 18 to 26. You must maintain your immigration status. Lastly you must carry proof of your permanent resident status at all times. Lastly you must maintain your permanent resident.

To maintain your permanent residency, you must do the following. You can’t leave the United States for an extended period time unless the circumstances show that your trip is for a temporary purpose. Be prepared to explain the reasons for any delay. You must file federal, state, and local income tax returns. If you move, you must give your new address to the USCIS within 10 days of each time you move.

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