Enjoy the Benefits of a Green Card (Permanent Resident Status)
A green card allows individuals to work for any company located in the USA (except for some companies that only hire U.S. citizens) and to gain access to a security clearance that only U.S. citizens and green card holders can obtain. A green card also grants you permission to start your own business and to create your own corporation. Furthermore, in some states a green card or US citizenship is required in order to obtain professional licenses (such as real estate agent, insurance agent, etc). In addition, green card holders enjoy the following benefits:
Access to all legal rights under US law, except for the right to vote, which is available only for US citizens.
Permission to sponsor spouse and unmarried children (under 21) to obtain permanent status. In the event a primary green card holder passes away or loses his/her job, family green cards will be retained.
Green card holders pay “in-state” (or “resident”) tuition at state colleges and universities. This is usually less than one-half the cost of what non-residents pay. Green card holders can also apply for a government-sponsored financial aid for education.
In some cases it may be easier to get a mortgage for home purchase. Individuals who do not hold a green card may be charged higher rates for mortgages.
Green card holders who have worked for 10 years before retiring receive Social Security benefits when they retire.
Green card holders are eligible to apply for US citizenship in only 5 years. After 5 years a person can keep his green card forever, in case they don’t want to obtain US citizenship.