A temporary resident card gives a resident two years to live in an area. In order to become a permanent resident, a temporary resident must file a petition to remove the temporay card and make it a permanent card during the 90 days beofre the temporary card expires. A temporary card gives you the same rights as someone with a permanent card like getting a public education for you and your children, the ability to travel freely and getting a job.
During the two years you have your temporary card, you need to make sure you can prove that you made all the agreements you made when getting your temporary card-having and sustaining a job, you stuck to what you said you were going to do when you started the temporary card process. Once you apply and receive your permanent card, you need to become a citizen after three years or you have to keep applying for a permanent card every ten years. Keeping up your end of the bargain is vital to get a permanent card.
You made promises you are expected to keep when you applied for your temporary card. These promises can be obtaining and keeping a job, getting married or could relate to family and children. If you do not keep the promises you made, you will be hard pressed to get your permanent card or become a citizen. Make sure you remember this because letting yourself slip in your promises will only hurt you down the road and could lead to you losing your temporary or permanent cards. Keep in mind that your resident card is a privelege and not a right. If you do not maintain your card, you will lose it.
You are expected to abide by the laws of your new country when you have your card whether it is temporary or permanent. Keep your proof of card on you at all times. You never know when you may need to have proof of your card status. If you change your address, make sure you let the right people know and if you card is lost or stolen, make sure you get it replaced as quickly as you can! Your card is your responsibiltiy and it is vital to you staying where you want to be for the long term.