Benefits of Naturalization
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 U.S. citizens. Naturalization, the process of becoming a U.S. citizen, offers several benefits. They include:
- 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 (to obtain a green card) through family-based immigration.
- 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.
One of the most practical benefits of naturalization is the financial savings. Once you’ve naturalized as a U.S. citizen, you’ll never have to pay USCIS immigration fees again. That adds up to a lot of money over a lifetime.
Did you know it also costs less to become a U.S. citizen compared to remaining a green card holder? Visit our Citizenship Cost Calculator to determine how much you’ll pay over your lifetime.