On Behalf of Palacios Law Group
Immigrants stay in the United States for varying reasons. They might stay to work and further their careers. They might also be in the country to study while staying with family. Regardless of why they are in the U.S., they could apply for citizenship once eligible.
However, certain people might feel the naturalization process is not worth the trouble. Removing the risk of deportation could be worth it, but this opinion could change from person to person. It is reasonable to ask: what else do I benefit from citizenship?
You could take advantage of the following benefits after officially becoming a U.S. citizen:
- Gaining the ability to vote
- Serving on a federal jury
- Traveling using a U.S. passport
- Being able to petition and bring other family members into the country
- Becoming eligible for federal job positions
- Receiving the ability to run in elections
- Securing permanent residency
- Being eligible for national scholarships or grants
- Obtaining government benefits provided only to citizens
These benefits do not only exist for fun. They could also help you achieve specific goals since entering the country. Additionally, you receive certain rights and responsibilities that come with the commitment of any U.S. citizen.
Applying for naturalization is easier now than before
The U.S. government made the process easy without being too lenient. To become a citizen, you must still check your eligibility and follow the necessary steps.
However, filing the required forms is more accessible through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ online channels. Additionally, the online system provides efficient tracking and submission of requirements.
You might still need to attend essential appointments physically, but other aspects are more manageable. Regardless, accomplishing the naturalization could help you thrive and pursue opportunities as a U.S. citizen.