What is the Green Card?

what is Green Card

You may have likely heard of this term, and as an immigrant, it is essential to know what the Green Card is and what benefits it brings to you, so today, we will tell you about it. 

First of all, the Green Card, also known as a Permanent Resident Card, is the document that identifies you as a legal permanent resident of the United States. 

Benefits of the Green Card 

To start, some of the most well-known benefits of the Green Card is that it allows you to live and work legally in the United States. However, there are many other benefits, among which are: 

  • Be protected by US law
  • Travel inside and outside the country (taking into account the established times)
  • Make family petitions for some relatives
  • Access to social security
  • Get education benefits
  • Apply for citizenship if you meet all the requirements

Read also: Can I work while I wait for my Green Card? 

Responsibilities of having a Green Card 

In addition to knowing what the Green Card is and its benefits, you should know that becoming a permanent resident also brings responsibilities and commitments on your part. For example: 

  • Obey all federal, state, and local laws
  • Declare your income and pay taxes
  • Notify if you change your address
  • Enroll in the Selective Military Service if you are male between 18 and 25 years of age.

Read also: Would having a criminal record affect your Green Card? 

Can they take away my Green Card? 

Finally, now that you know what the Green Card is, its benefits, and the responsibilities of a legal permanent resident, you may be wondering if it is possible to lose it. And the answer is yes. 

The immigration authorities could withdraw your Green Card if, for example, you commit fraud, lie on an immigration form, or are convicted of serious crimes. 

In addition, you could also lose your residence due to abandonment if you remain outside the country for periods greater than six months without the necessary permits. 

At Quiroga Law Office, PLLC, we are willing to help you. Contact us. Our team of lawyers will take care of your case and will be with you throughout the process. 

Request a consultation here or call us, (509) 498-3485.