Welcome to the United States A Guide for New Immigrants

Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Permanent Resident


As a permanent resident, you are expected to consider the United States your home and to respect and obey this country’s laws. Being a permanent resident also means that you have new rights and responsibilities. Being a permanent resident is a privilege, not a right. The U.S. government can take away your permanent resident status under certain conditions. You must maintain your permanent resident status if you want to live and work in the United States and become a citizen one day. In this section, you will learn what it means to be a permanent resident and what you need to do to maintain your permanent resident status.

What You Can Do As a permanent resident,

You have many rights and freedoms. In return, you have some responsibilities. One important responsibility is to get involved in your community. You should also learn about American culture, history, and government. You can do this by taking adult education classes and reading local newspapers.

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