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There are many differences between being a permanent resident and a citizen. But two main differences, according to Brad Bernstein, the Managing Partner of the Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein, lay in voting and traveling.
For permanent residents, “you don’t get to control who rules you in America,” Brad Bernstein said. “You [permanent residents] don’t get to vote in federal or state elections... So, you are being ruled by somebody, such as the president, and you don't have a say in how you are ruled.”
Secondly, as a permanent resident, you have to be in the U.S. living permanently more often than somewhere else.
“This means that a permanent resident has to be living in the U.S. for up to 6 months every year to maintain that status.” Additionally, when a permanent resident travels outside the U.S., he/she must carry their home country’s passport and he/she must re-enter the U.S. with his/her green card.
However, as a citizen, you can be outside the U.S. and travel outside the U.S. for as long as you want.
Other discrepancies between permanent residency and citizenship status include the wait time when bringing family members over to the U.S. to join you.
To find out more of your rights as a permanent resident, contact the Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein at 1-800-529-5465. Attorney Advertisement. Prior successful results do not guarantee a similar outcome.