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What is the meaning of status of residence?

Status of residence refers to a foreign national's legal status in a country where he/she is not a citizen. In the United States a lawful permanent resident (LPR) or Green Card holder, refers to the immigration status of a foreign national who is authorized to live and work in the U.S. permanently. A U.S. Permanent Resident Card, formerly known as Alien Registration Card, and commonly known as Green Card, is an identification card that serves as proof of its holders the permanent resident status in the United States.

Being a lawful permanent resident means that that individual has been officially granted immigration benefits, including permission to reside and take employment in the United States. The holder must maintain permanent residence and can be removed from the United States if certain conditions of this status are not met. Green Cards are usually valid for 10 years, and 2 years for conditional permanent residents. After this period, the card must be renewed or replaced. To renew or replace a Permanent Resident Card, please complete Form I-90 Green Card Renewal.

Green Card also refers to an immigration process of becoming a permanent resident. The green card serves as proof that its holder,

Permanent residents over the age of 18 must carry their Green Card with them at all times. Cards issued between January 1977 and August 1989 do not have document numbers or expiration dates and are valid indefinitely.

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