What does Lawful permanent resident mean?
A Lawful permanent resident (LPR), also known as having a “green card”, is non-citizen who has been lawfully authorized to live permanently within the United States. A Lawful permanent resident may also apply to become a U.S. citizen if certain eligibility requirements are met.
Rights & Responsibilities of a Lawful Permanent Resident
Lawful Permanent Residents may:
- Accept an offer of employment without special restrictions
- Own property
- Receive financial assistance at public colleges and universities
- Join the Armed Forces
Responsibilities of a Lawful Permanent Resident include:
- Obeying all laws of the United States state laws, and municipal laws
- Filing income tax returns and reporting income to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities
- Respecting the US democratic form of government and not working to change the government through illegal means
- Registering with the Selective Service for the US Armed Forces if you are a male age 18 through 25