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What are the Benefits of U.S. Citizenship?

Should you, or should you not become a U.S. citizen? If you become a U.S. citizen, what are the benefits? Certainly you’ve heard people call the United States of America the “land of the free,” and you’ve heard that this is where people come to achieve the “American Dream,” so what about your dreams?

When immigrants come to the U.S. to live and start a new life, they have the option of becoming a U.S. citizen. Thanks to the Constitution, immigrants who become U.S. citizens get to enjoy many rights and benefits, as if they were born in the U.S.

Lawful permanent residents (green card holders) and U.S. citizens are not the same thing. U.S. citizens get to enjoy many benefits that are simply not available to permanent residents, which is why so many permanent residents choose to become U.S. citizens.

Some of the key benefits to becoming a citizen:

  • You get to vote. Once you become a U.S. citizen, you can vote in federal elections. In order to vote in most elections, you have to be a U.S. citizen.
  • It’s easier to bring family to the U.S. When you’re a U.S. citizen, you get priority when it comes to petitioning to bring your family to the U.S. to live permanently.
  • Children born abroad are U.S. citizens. When you’re a U.S. citizen, any of your children that are born abroad are automatic U.S. citizens.
  • You can travel with a U.S. passport. When you travel with a U.S. passport, you can receive assistance from the U.S. government when travelling abroad.
  • You are eligible for federal employment. Generally, you can’t get a government job without being a U.S. citizen, therefore, U.S. citizenship opens the door to federal employment.
  • You may be an elected official. Have a dream of one day being in politics? As a U.S. citizen, you can become an elected official.

These are some of the benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen, but there are just too many to list here. If you are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, we invite you to contact our firm to meet with a Plano immigration attorney.

We would be more than glad to answer your questions and help you understand what steps need to be taken to becoming a citizen as soon as possible.

Categories: Immigration