Legal Permanent residents have most of the rights of U.S. citizens. But there are many important reasons to consider becoming a U.S. citizen. These include:
Showing your patriotism. Becoming a citizen is a way to demonstrate your commitment to your new country. • Voting. Only citizens can vote in federal elections.
Serving on a jury. Only U.S. citizens can serve on a jury. Serving on a jury is an important responsibility for U.S. citizens.
Traveling with a U.S. passport. A U.S. passport enables you to get assistance from the U.S. government when overseas, if necessary.
Bringing family members to the U.S. U.S. 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 U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen.
Becoming eligible for federal jobs. Certain jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.
Becoming an elected official. Many elected offices in this country require U.S. citizenship.
Meeting tax requirements. Tax requirements may be different for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Keeping your residency. A U.S. citizen’s right to remain in the United States cannot be taken away.
Becoming eligible for federal grants and scholarships. Many financial aid grants, including college scholarships and funds given by the government for specific purposes, are available only to U.S. citizens.
Obtaining government benefits. Some government benefits are available only to U.S. citizens.