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Maintaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status

How to Maintain Lawful Permanent Residence?

Your lawful permanent resident status can be taken away if you do not take proper steps to follow all immigration laws and maintain this unique form of residence status.

Pay Your Taxes

All persons living and working in the United States must file his or her federal taxes each year with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). It does not matter if a worker is paid in cash or check. (Note: This applies to all immigrants, regardless of whether or not they are a lawful permanent resident, in another legal status, or undocumented. All people living and working in the USA must file taxes.)

Men Must Register with Selective Service

Lawful permanent resident males between the ages of 18 and 26 must register with the Selective Service ( The Selective Services is a list of all fighting-age men that could be called upon to serve in the United States Armed Forces in the case of a national emergency.

Maintain Your Current Address with Immigration

Many lawful permanent residences forget to change their address after moving. All holders of lawful permanent residences must maintain a valid address with the appropriate immigration offices. It is a requirement to change your address with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within 10 days of moving to a new address.

Maintain Your Residency When You Travel Outside the U.S.

A lawful permanent resident must maintain an intention to remain a lawful permanent resident of the United States each time they travel outside the United States. In other words, yo