Rights and responsibilities of US permanent residents

When one becomes a permanent resident of the US, he or she is not only granted certain rights but must also follow through with certain responsibilities.

The most basic right granted to green card holders is the right to live in the US on a permanent basis as long as they do not violate immigration laws. The other rights that permanent residents have are the rights to work in the country and to be protected by all the laws of the country as well as those of one’s state of residence.

However, with rights also come responsibilities and there are a number of things expected of permanent residents including obeying all local, state and federal laws and filing an income tax return with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the appropriate state taxing authority. In addition, green card holders in America are expected to uphold the democratic form of government in this country, and not try to change it illegally.

Male green card holders have an additional responsibility not expected of female permanent residents and that is to register with Selective Service if they are between the ages of 18 and 25.