A Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) is an immigrant who has been granted the right to live and work in the United States. They receive a green card, which gives them legal status and a permanent resident number. This allows them to work, travel and enjoy the same rights as a U.S. citizen, such as working without special restrictions and owning property. A lawful permanent resident may also apply to become a U.S. citizen or naturalize. The application process may be complicated, but it is possible.
LPRs are also called “green card holders.” They have the same rights as citizens, such as working without special restrictions, owning property, and receiving financial assistance. They also have to file income taxes just like citizens. However, they do not have the same rights to vote in U.S. elections or participate in activities only open to citizens, such as certain jobs and scholarships.
How to Become a Permanent Citizen?
There are various ways to gain permanent residency in the United States, including having a family member sponsor you, seeking asylum or refugee status, and employment. These are the most common paths to becoming a permanent resident, but many other options exist.
Upon approval of the application for permanent residency, an individual will receive a green card (also called a “permanent residence card” or “green card”) as proof of his or her legal status in the U.S. The card will have a unique identifier, such as a number printed on the back.
It is important to note that while a green card is an excellent legal document, it does not necessarily mean that the person holding it will be allowed to reside in the United States long term. For example, permanent residents could find themselves deported if they violate U.S. immigration laws or if they commit serious crimes in the U.S.
Those who wish to immigrate to the United States as lawful permanent residents may qualify for the Diversity Visa Program, which allocates 50,000 immigrant visas each year to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. These individuals can then apply for their spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 as well as their own legal status.