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Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)

Definition - What does Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) mean?

A lawful permanent resident is a person who moved to the United States and who has been officially allowed to live in the country on a permanent basis.

However, lawful permanent residency does not necessarily equate to citizenship. In order to become a full citizen, a lawful permanent resident must go through the citizenship process.

Justipedia explains Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)

Lawful permanent residents are given Green Cards to indicate their status. Once a person has an official Green Card, they are permitted to live in the United States for as long as they wish. However, if they leave the country for more than one year, their green card could be revoked.

Lawful permanent citizens are legal immigrants. Many of them go on to obtain full citizenship for the country after obtaining a Green Card.

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