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Benefits of Obtaining U.S. Citizenship

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Are you considering becoming a U.S. citizen? There are many more benefits to becoming a U.S. citizen than you may realize. We take a closer look at some of these benefits below.

  1. The right to vote: Only U.S. citizens can vote in Federal elections. Most states also restrict the right to vote, in most elections, to U.S. citizens.
  2. Ability to run for public office: U.S. citizens can hold many different public offices.
  3. Unlimited travel: Green card holders are required to remain in the U.S. for at least six months out of the year. U.S. citizens are not subject to this requirement.
  4. No deportation risks: U.S. citizens are not subject to deportation as green card holders are.
  5. Ability to bring family members to the United States: Citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to the U.S.
  6. Obtaining citizenship for LPR children: When you naturalize, your children under 18 who are Lawful Permanent Residents automatically become U.S. citizens, too.
  7. Obtaining citizenship for children born abroad: In most cases, a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen.
  8. Become a U.S. passport holder: Only U.S. citizens can get U.S. passports, a coveted travel document. When you travel abroad with a U.S. passport, you’ll be supported by U.S. Embassies or Consulates if you need any assistance.
  9. Become eligible for federal jobs: Most jobs with the federal government require U.S. citizenship.
  10. Financial aid: Many financial aid grants, including college scholarships and funds given by the government for specific purposes, are available only to U.S. citizens.
  11. Social Security benefits: U.S. citizens receive full Social Security benefits, whereas Lawful Permanent Residents usually receive only half of their benefits.
  12. Estate Tax benefits: U.S. citizens may be subject to fewer restrictions on estate taxes and may be eligible for more tax exemptions than green card holders.

If you are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen and applying for naturalization, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!