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Responsibilities of a Permanent Resident of the United States

It is very important for new residents of the United States to understand their responsibilities as a permanent resident. You must make sure to:

  1. Obey all federal, state, and local laws.

  2. Carry proof of your permanent resident status at all times.

  3. File your federal, state, and local income taxes.

  4. If you are a male between the ages of 18 and 26 years old, register with the Selective Service System (

  5. Give the Department of Homeland Security your new address within ten days after you move (

  6. Maintain your immigration status by maintaining your residence in the United States (i.e. don’t be absent for more than 12 months and don’t move to another country) or apply for a re-entry permit (

For a comprehensive guide to information you should know to get settled in the United States, visit:

Contact Sterling Law if you need help changing your address or applying for a re-entry permit.

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The information in this post is provided for general informational purposes only and may not reflect the current law in your jurisdiction. No information contained in this post should be construed as legal advice from Sterling Law or the individual author nor is it intended to be a substitute for legal counsel on any subject matter. No reader of this post should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information included in or accessible through this post without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer licensed in the reader’s licensing jurisdiction.

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