A permanent resident alien is a person who is lawfully admitted into the U.S. under a valid immigration visa that grants permanent resident status. It may also refer to immigrants who have entered the country under a conditional residency status, and have had their status adjusted to that of permanent resident.
Permanent resident aliens receive many abilities and privileges. For example, they can usually work legally in the U.S., and can also own property. Also, permanent residence status may lead to the opportunity to apply for U.S. citizenship.
Permanent residency status requires filing an immigration petition with the United States Immigration Services. Only certain immigrants are eligible to apply to be permanent resident. These include people traveling under the following visa categories:
Permanent resident status is usually obtained in connection to an alien’s immigration visa. Non-immigrant aliens such as foreign exchange students and temporary overseas workers usually can’t apply for permanent resident status.
While permanent residence status grants the holder many privileges and entitlements, it is still a provisional type of status that can be revoked or lost. Generally, permanent resident status can be lost in two ways: abandonment or removal.
Permanent residency can be very advantageous, but it often requires much documentation and sometimes lengthy waiting periods. You should contact an experienced immigration lawyer if you or a loved one needs help with a permanent resident alien application. Your attorney will be able to assist you with the application, and can help ensure that you aren’t missing any requirements or deadlines.
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