Can You Vote as a Permanent Resident/Green Card Holder?

Right now, with elections coming up, politics is all over the news. Who is going to be the next Democrat and Republican nominees for president? As an EB-5 Green Card holder, you may feel motivated to get involved. It’s critical, however, that you understand that your Green Card places legal limits on your involvement in the political process, and violating these terms can have serious consequences. Let me explain.

For many EB-5 applicants, the ultimate goal is to become a full-fledged American citizen. On their journey to US citizenship, EB-5 applicants must first obtain a permanent resident Green Card. After having a Green Card for several years, it is possible to apply for citizenship.

Successfully obtaining a permanent resident Green Card is such a fantastic outcome that it is common for immigrants to feel that their immigration status is secure. After all, having a Green Card allows one to live, work, and go to school anywhere in the United States, and to receive certain government benefits. It’s vital, however, that Green Card holders understand that their Green Card comes with limitations, and violating the terms of their Green Card puts both their Green Card and their chances of becoming a citizen in serious jeopardy.

Violating the terms of one’s Green Card means exercising rights that are reserved for citizens. This includes registering to vote and voting in any election. So, as a Green Card holder, you can campaign for your favorite candidate, make a campaign donation, and canvas the neighborhood, but you cannot register to vote or actually cast your vote in an election. It may seem like a small thing, but doing so can have serious consequences.

If you or your friends have any questions about Green Card and naturalization, please feel free to contact us or give us or call at 415-221-2345.