Permanent Resident Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Permanent Resident, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Permanent Resident?

Status that enables non-U.S. citizens to leave and come into the United States without having a visa. Permanent residents can work in the United States and after acquitting enough years of residency in the U.S. can apply for permanent citizenship. Refer to the definition of green card.