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:

  • Required to obey all laws of the United States and localities;
  • Required to file your income tax returns and report your income to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and state taxing authorities;
  • Expected to support the democratic form of government (“support” does not include voting. Permanent residents cannot vote in federal, state, or local elections.); and
  • Required to register with the Selective Service, if you are a male age 18 through 25.

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

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