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Permanent Residency Vs Citizenship

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Many Differences Between A Permanent Resident and A Citizen

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.

As A Permanent Resident

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 US living permanently more often than somewhere else.

“This means that a permanent resident has to be living in the US for up to 6 months every year to maintain that status.” Additionally, when a permanent resident travels outside the US, he/she must carry their home country’s passport and he/she must reenter the US with his/her green card.

As A Citizen

However, as a citizen, you can be outside the US and travel outside the US for as long as you want.

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Other discrepancies between permanent residency and citizenship status include the wait time when bringing family members over to the US to join you.

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To find out more of your rights as a permanent resident, contact the Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein for an immigration attorney at 1-800-529-5465. Attorney Advertisement. Prior successful results do not guarantee a similar outcome.