A Permanent Resident card, or “green card,” is a plastic card with the individual's biographic information, photo, fingerprint, and expiration date issued by the country’s Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

It authorizes the green card holder the right to live and work in the country indefinitely.

 

While the green card has an expiration date (10 years) and has to be renewed, the green card holder’s status as “lawful permanent resident” is still valid unless the status is abandoned or revoked by the country’s government.

What are the benefits of being a permanent resident?

A Permanent Resident enjoys most of the rights of the country’s citizen according to the immigration law and regulations.

 

1-To live permanently in the country provided you do not commit any actions that would make you removable (deportable) under the immigration law (section 237, Immigration and Nationality Act).

2-To be employed in the country at any legal work of your qualification and choosing.

3-To be protected by all of the laws of the country, your state of residence and local jurisdictions.

4-To vote in local elections where  citizenship is not required.