A green card doesn’t make you a U.S. citizen, but it does give you most of the same basic rights and status as one, and allows you to eventually apply for citizenship. When you have a green card, you can live and work in the U.S., travel in and out of the country freely, and are offered the protection of state and local laws. It does not, however, allow you to vote. For more information on green cards, check out the guides below.