While you are a permanent resident, what you do can have an impact on your ability to become a citizen. You do have rights and responsibilities to think about so that you are sure you are making the best decisions for your needs.

Some of the responsibilities you have include obeying all laws, including local, state and federal, and registering for the Selective Service if you are a male who is 18 to 26 years old. You also have to pay all applicable taxes and ensure that your immigration status is up to date. You have to keep your permanent residency proof on you at all times and report any changes of address within 10 days.

In exchange for handling your responsibilities as a permanent resident, you have specific rights. You can own property here, children can attend public schools, you are free to live anywhere in the country and you can hold down a job. You can apply for specific benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security or Medicare. Another benefit is that you can apply for a driver’s license in the state in which you reside. It might also be possible for you to travel outside of the U.S. and come back in. You might also be able to apply to have visas for your unmarried children and your spouse.

Once you are able to apply to become a citizen, you should continue to walk the straight and narrow path. You also have to ensure that you can pass the tests that come with this. There are many things to consider, so make sure you have a clear plan that will help you meet your goals.