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Citizenship Resource Center

Citizenship Resource Center

U.S. citizenship through naturalization is the most common way that immigrants become U.S. citizens. It’s the end of a long journey but the beginning of a new life for many Americans. become a us citizen ebook

When you’re ready to prepare the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, CitizenPath will guide you through the application using simple instructions and explanations. Get started now. If you’re not ready, download Become a U.S. Citizen – a free ebook for permanent residents to become U.S. citizens through naturalization.

Benefits of U.S. Citizenship

The Constitution and laws of the United States give many rights to both citizens and non-citizens living in the United States. However, some rights are only for citizens, such as:

  • Voting. Only U.S. citizens can vote in Federal elections. Most States also restrict the right to vote, in most elections, to U.S. citizens.
  • Bringing family members to the United States. 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.
  • Traveling with a U.S. passport. A U.S. passport allows you to get assistance from the U.S. government when overseas.
  • Becoming eligible for Federal jobs. Most jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.
  • Becoming an elected official. Many elected offices in this country require U.S. citizenship.
  • Showing your patriotism. In addition, becoming a U.S. citizen is a way to demonstrate your commitment to your new country.

You may be surprised to learn how much more affordable naturalizing as a U.S. citizen can be compared to remaining a permanent resident. Use the Citizenship Cost Calculator to compare.

U.S. Citizenship Knowledge Base

Many of your most frequently asked questions about U.S. citizenship, naturalization and Form N-400 can be found in our N-400 knowledge base. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, contact us with a question.

U.S. Citizenship & Naturalization News

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Ways to Lose Permanent Residence Status 5 Ways to Lose Permanent Resident Status - As the name suggests, permanent resident status is generally constant. It’s granted to people who intend to live in the United States for the foreseeable future. Permanent residents, also known as green card holders, have the privilege of living and working in the United States permanently. However, there are ways to lose permanent resident status. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Lose Permanent Resident Status
US Citizenship for Children Derivation of U.S. Citizenship for Children - Contrary to popular belief, children (minors under the age of 18) generally cannot become naturalized citizens of the United States. By law, applicants for naturalization must be 18 years of age. But don’t worry. This means that they cannot file the naturalization application or be included on their parents’ application. Instead, children that meet certain … Continue reading Derivation of U.S. Citizenship for Children
Apply for Citizenship How to Apply for US Citizenship - If you’re a permanent resident in the United States, the process to apply for citizenship is fairly straight forward. After confirming your eligibility, there’s a form to file, fee to pay and a citizenship test with the interview. It may sound challenging. But as an immigrant, you’ve already overcome so much more. The process of … Continue reading How to Apply for US Citizenship
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cost of citizenship for new americans Cost of Citizenship is Less Than You Think - One of the common reasons permanent residents don’t apply for U.S. citizenship – cost. It presently costs $725 to file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. That’s a lot of money. And the cost of citizenship will only get more expensive in the future as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) raises fees. There are approximately … Continue reading Cost of Citizenship is Less Than You Think