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Path to Citizenship: 8 Responsibilities to Maintain a Green Card

By    |   Sunday, 02 Aug 2015 12:39 PM

Getting a green card is an important step on the path to citizenship for immigrants. While a green card allows an individual to permanently live in the United States, it does not mean that it cannot be revoked.

To maintain status as a green card holder, there are a few requirements and recommendations that are demanded and suggested for a person to avoid having their permission revoked.

Here is what green card holders need to do.

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1. Carry proof at all times.
According to Path2USA
, it is the responsibility of the holder of the pass to maintain the proof of their permanent residency at all times.

2. Follow all laws of the United States.
This includes federal, state, and local rules, laws, and ordinances, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. USCIS reminds it is the expectation that those with permanent residency will support the democratic form of government and not aim to change the structure through illegal measures.

3. File income tax returns.
Immigrants must report their income to the U.S. Internal Revenue Services and state tax authorities.

4. Register with Selective Service.
Men between the ages of 18 and 25 are required to register with the Selective Service in case Congress reinstates the draft.

5. Make color copies of the green card.
Curran and Berger LLP, which specializes in immigration law, recommends an individual have two color copies of their green card in safe places. If a card is lost or stolen, it will be easier to replace if there are prints of the original.

6. Be careful when leaving the country.
The law firm recommends immigrants assess their status before traveling outside the United States, making sure they do not abandon their green card status.

7. Notify USCIS when an address is changed.
The agency’s website has an area where immigrants can report when they move. According to the law firm, this notification is required for non-U.S. citizens.

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8. Consider applying for citizenship.
After five years of holding a green card, an individual can apply to become naturalized, allowing them to vote, receive government benefits, and prohibiting their deportation, according to Legal Zoom.

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