You have been looking into obtaining a green card, but you want to make sure that you’ll get the rights that you’re expecting with this visa. Your goal is to eventually become a citizen of the United States, but until then, you want to know that you can stay and work in the U.S. permanently.

It’s really important that you look at your rights and responsibilities as a green card holder before you come to the United States. You need to be sure you understand what your rights are in the country, especially if your birth country has laws that are significantly different. You should also review your requirements, so you stay on the right side of the law.

What are your rights as a green card holder?

As a green card holder, you have the right to:

  • Stay in the United States permanently as long as you don’t violate laws that could change your status to removable
  • Be protected by the laws of your local, state and federal government
  • Work in any job of your choosing within the country, with the exception of jobs limited to U.S. citizens for security purposes.

What are your responsibilities as a permanent resident?

Permanent residents who hold green cards do have some responsibilities. If you’re going to remain in the United States on your green card, you should:

  • File your income taxes
  • Obey the laws of the country, state and your local government
  • Register with the Selective Service if you are between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Support democratic form of government
  • Not to try to change the government through illegal means

If you follow the laws of the land and know your rights, you’ll be in a much better position as someone intending to remain in the U.S.