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Rights and Responsibilities of a Green Card Holder (Permanent Resident)

Being a permanent resident means that you have new rights and responsibilities.

Your Rights as a Permanent Resident

As a permanent resident (Green Card holder), you have the right to:

  • Live permanently in the United States provided you do not commit any actions that would make you removable under immigration law
  • Work in the United States at any legal work of your qualification and choosing. (Please note that some jobs will be limited to U.S. citizens for security reasons)
  • Be protected by all laws of the United States, your state of residence and local jurisdictions

Your Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident

As a permanent resident, you are:

For more information, see the Maintaining Permanent Residence and International Travel as a Permanent Resident pages.

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