Obtaining US Citizenship gives permanent residents new rights and benefits. But citizenship also brings new responsibilities.
Obtaining US citizenship gives permanent residents new rights and benefits. But citizenship also brings new responsibilities.
Why do I need to obtain US citizenship?
To become a US citizen, a person must be ready:
- firstly, swear allegiance to the United States of America;
- secondly, renounce another country’s citizenship;
- thirdly, stand ready to support and defend the United States of America and its Constitution.
By becoming a citizen, a person takes full responsibility as an American. However, in return, he receives certain rights and benefits of citizenship.
Reasons to Get US Citizenship:
1. Voting and participation in elections
Of course, only US citizens have the right to participate in federal elections. In most states, only US citizens are allowed to vote in elections.
2. Jury Membership
In most states, only US citizens are allowed to sit on a jury. Moreover, serving on a jury is an important responsibility of a U.S. citizen.
3. Ability to travel with a US passport
A passport of a US citizen allows, if necessary, to resort to the assistance and assistance of the US state abroad, if necessary.
4. Opportunity to bring the family to the United States of America
US citizens have priority when applying for the entry of their family members into the US permanently.
5. Ability to obtain American citizenship for children born abroad.
In most cases, a child of a US citizen born abroad will automatically become a US citizen.
6. Eligibility for Federal Employment
Certain government positions require US citizenship.
7. Opportunity to become an elected official
Only US citizens are eligible for election to elected office in the federal government and to most elected office in state and local government.
8. Reservation of U.S. residency
A US citizen cannot be deprived of the right to reside in the United States of America.
9. Eligibility for Federal Grants and Scholarships
Many financial aid grants, including undergraduate scholarships and government-specific funds, are available only to US citizens.
10. Possibility to receive government benefits
Some government benefits are available only to US citizens.
How to get information about the naturalization procedure
Persons 18 years of age or older who wish to become US citizens must receive Form M-476: Guidelines for naturalization.
This guide contains important information about the requirements for naturalization. In addition, it specifies the forms that a person will need to begin the naturalization procedure.