What Is The Difference Between U.S. Citizenship & Lawful Permanent Residency?
U.S. citizens are not subject to immigration laws. They may travel outside of the United States without immigration restrictions. In addition, U.S. citizens are also entitled to a number of rights and privileges not available to non-citizens such as voting in U.S. elections. In contrast, a lawful permanent resident, often referred to as “green card” holder, entitles a person to live and work indefinitely in the United States. Those with lawful permanent resident status have many benefits, but are potentially subject to deportation under certain circumstances. Furthermore, lawful permanent residents may also lose their status if they reside outside the United States for an extended period of time.