The terms “permanent resident” and “U.S. Citizen” are often confused with one another. A lawful permanent resident (LPR) may live and work permanently anywhere in the United States, own property, and attend public schools and colleges. However, they may or may not become a US Citizen at a certain point.
Even though lawful permanent residents harness great benefits, only U.S. citizens have the right to vote and can remain outside the country for long periods or time. LPRs must typically live 5 years in the country before applying for U.S. citizenship, 3 if you are married to a U.S. citizen.
If you are an eligible LPR, you can become a US citizen through naturalization. You will need to fill out Form N-400 completely and accurately and submit it to USCIS along with the required documentation. If you decide to apply for naturalization, we recommend you talk to a lawyer before processing your application. Our dedicated team can help you understand the process and avoid unnecessary mistakes.
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3 Things You Need to Know
About U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents:
Green card holders can live and work permanently in the United States and are protected by all their laws.
If lawful permanent residents spend more than 6 months outside the United States, they can lose their Green Card.
Permanent residents can petition for an immediate family member. However, since there’s a limited number of visas in this category, it is likely to spend five or more years on a waiting list before being admitted into the US.
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