Commuting to the United States as a Permanent Resident: ‘Alien Commuters’ or ‘Green Card Commuters’
Lane Powell Shareholder Diane Butler authored an article titled “Commuting to the United States as a Permanent Resident: ‘Alien Commuters’ or ‘Green Card Commuters.’” In the article, Butler explains qualifications for alien commuter status, the activities an alien commuter is permitted to do in the United States, how to obtain an alien commuter green card, switching to “regular” permanent resident status and other implications facing alien and green card commuters.
Generally, a foreign national who is a permanent resident of the United States must reside permanently in the United States or else risk losing permanent resident status. However, persons who have been granted U.S. permanent resident status can live in Canada or Mexico, even though they have no actual residence in the United States, without losing permanent resident status or a “green card” if they commute regularly to employment in the United States. Such persons are considered to be “alien commuters” or “green card commuters.”