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Old 01-23-2018, 03:15 PM
 
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Green Cards can be renewed every 10 years. A green card holder DOES NOT have to apply for US citizenship. One principle reason permanent US residents DO NOT apply for US citizenship is because some countries DO NOT allow dual citizenship and they will have to renounce their citizenship to their home country.

Some people are not willing to do this since having citizenship in another country gives them rights to access services available in those countries such as "universal healthcare"

I believe South Korea is one such example, but there are many others.
Many universal healthcare countries no longer allow you to use their services once youíve obtained residency of 6 months or longer outside of the country. Canada is one of them. Canít abuse the system
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:41 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Not sure if a person can hold a green card for 40 years. Seems to me its a visa overstay abusing his privilege plain and simple.
You can renew your green card every 10 years until you die. You're never required to naturalize here. I used to work with a dude who's had a green card since 1978. He could apply for citizenship anytime he wanted to; he just didn't want to. (I hear from a mutual acquaintance that he still hasn't naturalized.)
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Old 01-24-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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Well, if he is a Polish citizen he will be able to live and work anywhere he wants in the European Union.
I saw this and agreed. He'd have a better quality of life in an EU country honestly. He could move anywhere in the EU as a physician with his family. They'd pay him to move since they have a shortage of medical professionals, as does our own country.

If I were him I'd leave in a heartbeat and tell them not to bother with the deportation.

Hell, he could easily move to Canada too.
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Old 01-24-2018, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Many universal healthcare countries no longer allow you to use their services once youíve obtained residency of 6 months or longer outside of the country. Canada is one of them. Canít abuse the system
That would be a situation in which the person needs to investigate. Some countries (South Korea) is one I believe, have a similar system to the US in which once a person pays enough taxes into the national system they have access to those benefits for life (universal healthcare) being one example.

However, this also works in reverse. The Polish person in the story most likely has paid into the Medicare and Social Security systems in the US to have obtained a permanent right to those benefits while living in the US. Social Security is also payable to people who live outside of the US in select countries, but to my knowledge Medicare is not.
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