WHAT ARE THE BENFITS OF BECOMING A NATURALIZED U.S. CITIZEN?
THE RIGHT CARRY A U.S. PASSPORT:
As a Naturalized U.S. Citizen, you have the right to carry a U.S. passport. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to give up your native country passport in order to get a U.S. passport. The United States has no problem with you holding dual citizenship, or a passport from the U.S., Italy AND Canada or four more nations for that matter! Some countries, like India and PR China, do have laws stating that you must give up your Indian or Chinese passport when you become a U.S. Citizen.
THE RIGHT TO VOTE:
As a Naturalized U.S. Citizen, you have the right to vote in all Federal, State and Local elections.
SECURITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY:
As a Naturalized U.S. Citizen one CANNOT be deported or removed from the U.S. This is UNLIKE U.S. Permanent Residence, or the green card, which can be taken away under certain circumstances. Imagine being in the wrong place at the wrong time and being convicted of a crime you did not commit. Even worse, after you served your prison sentence, you could have your U.S. Permanent Residence taken away from you and be deported.
SPONSOR FAMILY FOR U.S. PERMANENT RESIDENCE:
U.S. citizens may sponsor immediate family members including husband or wife, unmarried children under the age of twenty-one, and their parents for U.S. Permanent Residence. The process is very fast for these close family members and results in Permanent Residence in usually less than one year.
U.S. Citizens may also sponsor other family members for U.S. Permanent Residence; including, unmarried adult sons and daughters (over the age of twenty-one), married sons and daughter, and their brothers and sisters. The process for these family members can be much slower. See our webpage outlining the process and timeframe for each of these categories under the link Permanent Residence / Family Based.
FREEDOM TO LIVE ABROAD WITHOUT LOSING YOUR U.S. STATUS
If a U.S. Permanent Resident moves to another country or travels abroad too often or even spends one long trip of more than six months outside the U.S., they risk losing their Permanent Resident status. U.S. Citizens can live anywhere in the world and will NEVER lose their status as a U.S. Citizen, even if they don’t return to the U.S. for years. If you are presently a U.S. Permanent Resident, click on the link to the right for information on how to maintain your U.S. Permanent Residence status while away for long trips abroad.
OPPORTUNITY TO BENEFIT FROM JOBS AND SCHOLARSHIPS RESERVED FOR U.S. CITIZENS ONLY:
Many Federal Government and State Government jobs are reserved for U.S. Citizens. There are also many scholarship opportunities that are reserved for U.S. Citizens.
OTHER BENFITS OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP INCLUDE
- U.S. Permanent Residents are required by law to keep US Citizenship & Immigration Service informed of each and every change of home address. U.S. Citizens are exempt from this requirement.
- U.S. Citizens are entitled to substantial deductions on the U.S. estate tax. While taxed equally, U.S. Permanent Residents may not benefit from these tax deductions.
- U.S. Citizens are eligible for any public benefit, while U.S. Permanent Residents are excluded from some public benefits programs.
- At retirement time, U.S. Citizens can receive their Social Security benefits anywhere in the world, while U.S. Permanent Residents face more restrictions.