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What kinds of rights come with permanent residency?

Every year, thousands upon thousands of immigrants come to the country looking for an opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families. Many are fleeing oppressive regimes. Others find the economic situations in their own countries untenable. Whatever the reason, the United States is a place where opportunity abounds and immigrants can find work and housing to make a good life for themselves. Of course, without U.S. Permanent Residency, it can be much harder to get regular employment, get car loans and find adequate housing.

But permanent residency comes with many other perks as well. For instance, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers you if you become a permanent resident. This means that you cannot be discriminated against because of ethnicity, race or national origin when it comes to getting jobs, applying for health care or going to school. In addition, permanent residency bestows a host of other benefits, including:

  • With permanent resident status, you can live wherever you want in the United States.
  • You can work at whatever job hires you based on your qualifications.
  • You will be able to apply for citizenship eventually.
  • You can get benefits like Medicare, Social Security and Supplemental Security.
  • You are allowed to buy and own property.
  • You can apply to get a driver's license.
  • You are eligible for enlistment in many branches of the military.
  • You can go to public schools and universities.
  • In certain circumstances, you can leave and come back to the U.S. for certain periods of time.

For more information on the rights of permanent residents or for help applying for residency, you may want to contact a Georgia attorney.

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