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What is the Difference Between U.S. Citizenship and Permanent Residency?

Immigration attorney, Devon Senges, spoke with Jim Longworth of Triad Today about the differences between U.S. citizenship and permanent residency.

The main requirements for becoming a U.S. citizen include:

  • You must be a permanent resident
  • Have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years, but this may vary depending on how you obtained residency
  • Must currently reside in the United States
  • Must be a person of good moral character

According to Devon Senges, the application can be extensive and very detailed. Though, as of February 2020, processing times in North Carolina can range from 4-5 months.

Citizens are also able to apply for their spouse’s permanent residency.

The permanent residency is a bridge step towards becoming a citizen.

Permanent residents can enjoy certain benefits such as:

  • Legally reside in the U.S.
  • Legally work in the U.S.
  • Travel

However, permanent residents cannot vote, serve on a jury, or work certain government jobs.

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