What is a Green Card?
A green card is issued to all permanent residents of the United States as authorization live and work in the United States of America. Permanent residents, 18 or over, must keep a valid green card in their possession. Green cards stay valid for 10 years for permanant residents. For a conditional resident they expire after 2 years. A green card must be renewed before the card expires.
What is a Green Card used for?
A green card can be used to prove employment eligibility in the United States when completing the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. It can also be used to apply for a Social Security Card and a state issued driver’s license. A green card is valid for readmission to the United States after a trip abroad if you do not leave for longer than 1 year. If your trip will last longer than 1 year, a reentry permit is needed.
Why get a Green Card?
You have certain rights and responsibilities as a permanent resident. The right to vote is limited to those who obtain a US citizenship.
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