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What Are the Official Rules to Keep Ones Green Card Valid?

There are several “rules” green card holders must follow, such as filing tax returns, not voting in elections, and refraining from criminal behavior. However, the most common issue that comes up with green card holders is the travel restriction. Green card holders cannot leave the U.S. for extended periods of time and must always show their intent to live permanently in the U.S. If you expect to be out of the U.S. for more than 12 months, then you should apply for a re-entry permit before you leave. There are also physical presence and continuous residence requirements which must be met in order to apply for U.S. citizenship.