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Citizenship is the culmination of your immigration journey. Once you have been a permanent resident for five years, or three if you residency was based on marriage to a US citizen, you can apply to become a citizen. Requirements include good moral character, a basic understanding of our civics and a working knowledge of English. In some circumstances, primarily based on a handicap or age, these requirements can be waived. Let us guide you through this process.
Benefits of Citizenship
There are many benefits of being a citizen of the United States. While the US affords many rights to both citizens and non-citizens, some rights are reserved solely for American citizens, including*:
- Voting: Only US Citizens can vote in Federal elections. Most states also restrict the right to vote, in most elections, to US citizens.
- Bringing family members to the US: Citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country.
- Obtaining citizenship for children born abroad: In most cases, a child born abroad to a US citizen is automatically a US citizen
- Traveling with a US passport: A US Passport allows you to get assistance from the US government when outside the United States
- Becoming eligible for Federal jobs: Most jobs with government agencies require US citizenship.
- Becoming an elected official: Many elected offices in this country require US citizenship.
*From A Guide to Naturalization, published by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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