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Green Card vs. U.S. Citizenship: Understanding the Differences

It is often confusing to distinguish the difference between a green card and citizenship. A green card, also known as a Permanent Resident Card, permits an individual to permanently live and work in the United States. It gives rights and privileges to green card holders but does not give them full legal citizenship rights, such as voting or running for office. U.S. citizenship, however, is a privilege that comes with a wide range of political and economic rights, benefits, and responsibilities.

Let`s take a closer look at the differences between each to simplify the confusion you may have and give you some insight. Let`s begin! 

Green Card vs. U.S. Citizenship 

A U.S. green card or Citizenship status is a coveted and highly sought-after achievement, as it grants individuals a range of essential rights and privileges. While both statuses offer the opportunity to live and work in the United States legally, each has unique benefits that you consider when deciding which route to pursue. 

 

What Exactly Is A Green Card? 

A green card is an official document issued by the U.S. government, known as a Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551). With a green card, one can stay and work in the U.S. permanently, travel to and from the United States with relative ease, and even become a U.S. Citizen after some time if you choose to do so.

With a green card, you can go through the naturalization process for U.S. citizenship. You also have certain rights protected by law, such as the right to due process and equal protection under the law.

 

What Does It Mean To Be Granted U.S. Citizenship 

U.S. Citizenship is a privilege granted to an individual who is legally and fully part of the United States of America. It gives specific legal rights, including the ability to work and live in the U.S., access government benefits, vote, qualify for federal employment, join the military, and travel abroad with a U.S. passport.

As a U.S. citizen, you can qualify for federal grants and student loans. You have protection from deportation and access to certain social services. You can also sponsor family members for U.S. citizenship, among other rights.  

 

Get Sound Advice From Immigration Lawyers 

The immigration process is complex and needs attention to detail. You shouldn`t go through the process alone considering how important this is for the future of you and your family. At The Presti Law Firm we have a team of knowledgeable and highly experienced attorneys that handle all types of immigration cases. 

We understand the importance of having peace of mind when going through an immigration case. And we understand that the legal documentation and jargon can seem confusing. Our dedicated lawyers keep you informed every step of the way and provide personalized attention to your individual need. .

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