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Last Modified:Monday, September 08, 2014

Benefits of US citizenship


Go through the free eligibility questionnaire to check if you qualify for naturalization.

Benefits of obtaining United States citizenship:

A CITIZEN CAN VOTE:

A citizen has the right to vote for the elected officials at the federal, state and local levels who shape the policy of the government. 

TRAVEL ISSUES:

Citizens can leave the US and live in another country for as long as they want, yet still come back at any time without losing their status as a citizen. Travel may be easier for US citizens in certain countries with visa waivers for Americans. And citizens receive US embassy protection abroad.

CITIZENS CAN BRING MORE RELATIVES FROM ABROAD, MORE QUICKLY:

Citizens can petition for a wider variety of family members to come to the US as permanent residents. They also have much shorter waiting times for Green Cards.

CITIZENS CANNOT BE DEPORTED:

Most people never expect to commit a crime, but if a citizen is convicted, they cannot be deported for a crime

CITIZENS CAN RETIRE ABROAD WITH FULL SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS:

Citizens who retire abroad get all their Social Security benefits. Green Card holders only get half of the benefits they earned.

CITIZENS ARE ENTITLED TO MORE PUBLIC BENEFITS:

Citizens are eligible for more public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and food stamps, as well as certain academic scholarships and financial aid.

A US CITIZEN CAN HOLD OFFICE AND HAVE MORE JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

Only a citizen has the right to hold an elected position in most city, state or federal offices. Many federal, state and city jobs also require citizenship.

ADOPTED OR NATURAL CHILDREN UNDER 18 MAY BE NATURALIZED AUTOMATICALLY:

Depending on the circumstances, children born abroad, who are under 18 years of age and unmarried may be able to naturalize automatically when a parent does.

CITIZENS HAVE MORE FINANCIAL AND TAX BENEFITS:

Citizens often receive approval on loans and mortgages more easily, and/or they get better rates, because the lender knows there is less chance they will defect. Citizens are often subject to fewer restrictions on estate taxes as well.

Go through the free eligibility questionnaire to check if you qualify for naturalization.






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