The Benefits of Permanent Residence
Once a person obtains a family-based green card, they are considered a lawful permanent resident and can enjoy many benefits.
These benefits include:
- Full protection under U.S. law in any state
- The ability to live and work anywhere in the U.S.
- Access to most forms of public assistance
- The opportunity to apply for a Social Security number and driver’s license
- The ability to travel abroad (with certain restrictions)
- The ability to apply for citizenship through naturalization after a certain number of years
While a green card is considered permanent, you can only continue to enjoy the above benefits if you adhere to immigration regulations and keep your green card valid.
To protect your status, you will need to:
- Replace your green card every ten years;
- Avoid breaking the law;
- Avoid relying on public assistance for the first five years of your permanent residence (see the new public charge rule for details); and
- Travel abroad for no longer than one year at a time (preferably no longer than six months, just to be safe) unless you obtain a reentry permit before leaving.
If you would like more information about obtaining a green card for yourself or a family member, staying safe from deportation, and accomplishing other immigration-related goals, let Harrison Law Office, P.C. answer all your questions. Since 2014, we have handled hundreds of cases, and we look forward to using this experience to help you and your loved ones.