When an immigrant is granted lawful permanent resident status in the U.S., this is also known as “getting a green card.” It means you have been authorized to live and work in this country on a permanent basis.
As proof of this, the U.S. government requires you to carry a permanent resident card, more commonly known as a green card (the cards were green when first issued and have since gone through numerous redesigns and color changes — and are green again today).
In addition to the right to live and work in the U.S. permanently, there are numerous other benefits of getting a green card:
You can now sponsor family members applying for their own green cards
You may travel outside the U.S. and return without disrupting your status
Once you’ve had your green card for five years, you may apply to become a U.S. citizen
You are eligible to receive Social Security benefits after 10 years of work
You qualify for in-state tuition
Helpful Green Card Links:
The Comprehensive Guide on How to Get a Green Card