Rights and Duties of a U.S. Permanent Resident
Updated on Monday 11th July 2016
As a permanent resident (green card holder), an individual has certain rights and obligations in the U.S. According to the official authorities, the rights and duties of a U.S. permanent resident are as follows.
Rights of a permanent resident in the U.S.
After becoming a permanent resident in the U.S., a person has the rights to:
• Live in the U.S. on a permanent basis, if the person in question does not commit any deeds which would lead to his or her removal from the country according to the immigration legislation. An immigration attorney in Miami can provide more details on this matter;
• Work in the U.S. in any job according to the individual’s preference and qualifications, although there are certain jobs which are not accessible for security reasons;
• The rights of a U.S. permanent resident include that of being protected by all legislation in the U.S., the state where the person resides and local jurisdictions.
Duties of a permanent resident in the U.S.
In the same time, the duties of a permanent resident in the U.S. are:
• The obligation to respect all laws of the U.S. and localities;
• The resident has to file his or her income tax returns and state his or her income to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state taxation authorities;
• The responsibility to upkeep the democratic form of government and not alter the government by unlawful means;
• The compulsion, applied for men between 18 and 25 years of age, to register with the Selective Service System (a federal agency in the U.S. which enables the mobilization of military forces).
Taxation for permanent residents in the U.S.
An important immigration issue in Miami is the taxation for green card holders. According to the IRS, a permanent resident’s income in the U.S. is commonly subject to taxation in the same way as a U.S. citizen.
The duties of a permanent resident in the U.S. include to report all interest, dividends, salary, or other forms of compensation for rendered services, income deriving from rental of real estate or royalties, and other categories of income on his or her tax return in the U.S. These have to be reported no matter if they derive from an U.S. source or a foreign one.
If you need further details, we invite you to contact our immigration lawyers in Miami.