Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)
(01/01/22 – 12/31/22)
A Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) is a noncitizen given permission to permanently live and work in the U.S.
Most LPRs come to the U.S. in a temporary status. A noncitizen that does not enter the U.S. in a temporary status and enters the U.S. as an LPR is usually sponsored.
For Afghan LPRs coming to the U.S. under the Operation Allies Welcome (OAW), see Special Immigrant Visa Holder.
The Class of Admission (COA) code determines the original entry status of an LPR.
NOTE The COA code displays on the I-551 card as well as on the COA field in the Verification Information System (VIS) response.
An LPR must meet additional requirements to be potentially eligible for NA and CA.
Prior to completing the eligibility determination for an LPR, determine whether the LPR is sponsored.
Policy and procedures regarding LPR eligibility are outlined as follows: