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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

For Employment-Based Visas:

Factors to be assessed include:

  • Education level of the individual
  • Job offer from a US Employer
  • Proof that no US workers are eligible for the position
  • Possibility to waive the above “Requirement for Recruitment”
  • Eligibility for adjustment of status to Permanent Resident

For Relative-Based Visas:

Factors to be assessed include:

  • Individual’s familial relationship (spouse, parent, sibling or child)
  • Eligibility for adjustment of status to Permanent Resident vs. needing to leave the US for the immigration visa interview
  • Proof that no US workers are eligible for the position
  • Documentation needed