United States of America is a vast country having many natives from many other countries. Often the permanent residency (Green Card holder) is confused with U.S citizenship. The two main status offered to people with long term rights to work and live in the country.
- In most of the cases people who shift to USA for the purpose of work, marriage or businesses require a lawful permanent residence also known as Green Card holders. For applying for a green card the person should be sponsored by a firm, spouse or close family member. In majority of cases, before applying for a green card the person needs to wait for some years, this process is called as “naturalization”.
- After attaining a green card the person becomes a lawful permanent resident receiving a photo identity card which is green in color. The card is an evidence of the person holding the allowance and right to reside in the USA on a permanent basis.
- The green card also gets the benefits to travel and return anywhere inside anywhere in the country. This person also can permit and recommend any close family member for receiving a green card with respect to benefiting the country with his/her services.
- Even though the green card holder is allowed full rights to reside in the country, they do not hold all the benefits practiced by a US citizen.
- The card holder cannot cast his vote in the elections held or stand for any position. As well as, green card holders can be deported back to their home ground if caught in any fraud activity.
- The card holder cannot always receive the same assistance and perks from the government that a citizen of U.S can. U.S citizenship achieve the right to vote and attain the highest status one can hold under the law of U.S immigration.
- They hold a permanent right to reside in U.S and cannot be deported to any other country. The only way to qualify for U.S citizenship is by being born in the country. The limitation for a green card holder is they cannot remain outside the U.S for an unlimited period of time as it depicts a state of abandonment of their residency.
- A drawback to green card holders is the ineligibility to receive a U.S passport which the citizen of the states holds. U.S citizenship has no time bound or restriction to spend the number of days in the country and can petition for a longer list of foreign national family members to join them in the U.S. than permanent residents can.
- A U.S citizen and a green card holder practice many similar rights yet stand differences in many parts of their residency.