For many people in other countries, living in the United States is the dream. Many people want to come here to make a better life for themselves because there are more opportunities here, they want to be closer to family, they want to get a specific education, for love, or many other reasons. Gaining citizenship is the difficult task for many. The process may take a long time. Getting a green card is essential and will entitle you to a number of benefits.
A green card gives you the legal right to live, work, and study in the United States. It depends what visa you have that determines the length of time that you can stay here. After living in the United States for 3 to 5 years, you can apply for U.S. citizenship. While you have your green card, you are able to maintain your citizenship in another country. This allows you to come and go as you please. It is important to note that you cannot leave the country for an extended period of time. This is considered as abandoning your residency. If you are away from the country for a period of 2 years or more, then you will have to apply for a returning resident visa. Moving to another country will lose your green card, and the rights you would have obtained with a visa.
To find out more about immigration law and green cards, check out our previous blog posts. We have plenty of information regarding the different type of visas you can get, along with the qualifications you need in order to work of live here.
A green card holder has the benefit of being able to work. Those individuals are able to work in both private and public sectors. Individuals are able to start their own business if they choose to, and they can even join the armed forces.
A green card holder also has the benefit of being able to attend school. They may even have lower fees because of their green card status.
If you are a green card holder, you are also eligible for retirement, Social Security benefits, welfare benefits, or even health insurance.
You will have the right to vote as a green card holder if you are over the age of 18 years old. As someone who is a green card holder compared to someone who is a naturalized citizen, you are only allowed to vote in local and state elections. These elections do not require you to be a U.S. citizen. If you have a permanent visa, you are protected by all the laws of the U.S. , the state you reside in, and local jurisdiction. You have access to the court system.
When you get a green card, your family members will also be able to apply for a green card through you. This allows them the convenience of not having to file separately.
Just because you have obtained a green card, you will still have responsibilities. If you want to gain permanent residency, you must make sure that you do not partake in any activity that could prohibit that or could be viewed as a security risk. You do not want to take part in any crime. Engaging in these activities can get your card taken away. Essentially you want to make sure you are a law following individual. You are expected to support a democratic government. You also must file income tax returns as well as report your income to the IRS.
For more information in regards to immigration law, you can visit www.uscis.gov . Contact an attorney from Palacios Law Group if you have any other questions or are in need or legal assistance.
Source: Legal Zoom