Benefits Of Being A Green Card Holder

May 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

There are many ways to become a lawful permanent resident(green card holder) of the US. If you family member is a US citizen or a green card holder, they can sponsor you for a green card. You can also get one through the Diversity Visa lottery program that is conducted annually.You can also get a green card through employment.

Green card holders (lawful permanent residents) have the right to apply for government-sponsored financial aid for education. They need not pay the normal full tuition for university and college. This study is also called the”in-state” tuition or “resident” tuition. It is, in most cases is 3 to 4 times lesser than what other foreigners pay. Green card holders also have the permission to work in any company located in US territory regardless of job function, hours/week, etc. except for certain positions/companies that only hire U.S. citizens. There is no need for an employer to sponsor them either. It is mandatory in some jobs that security clearance is needed and only green card holders and US citizens have the right. Green card holders get more job opportunities.

A green card also gives your the permission to start your own business and create your own corporation. On retirement, you are eligible for Social Security benefits, if you worked for 10 years (40 quarters) before retiring. You can bring your spouse and unmarried minor children under 21 to the US and help them get permanent status. If you sponsored your family members for a green card, it will still hold good even if you lose your job or pass away.

With a work permit, the principle visa holder’s spouse and minor unmarried children under 21 years of age can stay in the US as dependents. Though you have a work permit, your children have to get student visas to study and work visas to work. But after they get a green card, they can stay in the US even after turning 21 years old and even if they get married.

In addition to these benefits, green card holders have access to security clearances, become eligible for government grants and are exempted from export restrictions. They can enjoy most legal rights under US law, except for voting rights for which one has to be a US citizens. Only green card holders are eligible to apply for american citizenship as being a green card holder is the main eligibility requirements when it comes to filing the citizenship form. It is not mandatory that all green card holders have to take US Citizenship. One can remain a green card holder forever.

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§ One Response to Benefits Of Being A Green Card Holder

  • nancym22 says:

    Becoming a U.S. Citizen has its own benefits:

    The Right to Vote: A Fundamental Right of a U.S. Citizen
    A Chance to Reunite Families
    A Way to Protect your Children’s Right to Remain in the U.S.
    Protection in Cases Involving Illegal Activity
    International Travel Made Easier

    So once you are eligible do think about the option to apply for US citizenship

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