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Getting a green card takes considerable effort. Once you have achieved it, you need to be sure you do not put it at risk. Remember, the authorities can take it away from you in specific circumstances.

Renew your green card before it expires

Your card will have an expiry date on it. Be sure to allow plenty of time to renew in time. Remember that, like any government application, delays are always possible.

Avoid spending too much time out of the country

If you wish to keep your permanent resident status, you need to show that you live here. There are many valid reasons to check out of the country for a while. They can include anything from visiting relatives to traveling for business. Yet, if the immigration authorities decide you have been out of the country too long, they may rescind your resident card.

Make sure you are paying your taxes and filling out your tax forms too. Otherwise, the authorities may try to claim that you are not a resident here after all.

Avoid trouble with the law

It is easy to pick up convictions for traffic offenses if you do not adhere to the rules. If someone attacks you, you could pick up a charge when defending yourself. Before you know it, the immigration authorities are deciding they do not want you in the country.

Living in the U.S. can be a fantastic way to provide opportunities for you and your family. Yet unless you become a citizen, your situation will always be a little precarious. Protecting your green card is essential to your future.