Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen
It looks like there are unlimited benefits to becoming a US citizen. These days, everyone is looking for ways to gain access to the country, live, work, study, and possibly become a citizen of the United States.
According to studies, the US is a good place to live, as individuals who live in the country tend to have a better health-related quality of life and appreciated life expectancy.
The level of the organized healthcare system, availability of jobs, educational level, and general lifestyle, makes the US one of the favorite countries to live in.
Becoming a U.S. citizen is the next logical step for most green card holders, especially if they intend to stay in the United States for the long term. U.S. citizenship provides many advantages not available to green card holders.
If you’re a Green card holder who’s fulfilled the requirements for naturalization — or will shortly — you might be wondering whether obtaining U.S. citizenship is the right decision. The short and simple answer to that question is yes if you plan to live permanently in the United States.
For some people, however, the answer is a bit more complicated — often because of identity-related or practical reasons.
In this guide, we’ll discuss the benefits of becoming a naturalized American — as well as the rules that deter some green card holders from obtaining citizenship — to help you decide whether naturalization is the next step you want to take in your immigration journey
Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen
1. The citizenship of your children: When the naturalization of your parents is confirmed, all of your children under the age of 18 who are the children of law-abiding US citizens will automatically acquire US citizenship. This means that after they become 18 years old, the offspring do not need to submit a citizenship application.
2. The right to vote and to be voted for: As long as they are of legal voting age, law-abiding residents of the United States are entitled to exercise their right to vote in general elections.
3. The right to hold a US passport. The US passport is one of the most potent travel documents available today. You are allowed to travel to roughly 180 countries without a visa if you have a US passport. Both time and money are saved. You also have the right to enter the US again whenever you wish.
4. Qualification for government jobs: Naturalizing as a US citizen puts one in a better position to obtain jobs than non-citizens. In the United States, working for the government is far better than working for a private corporation. Some fundamental motivations that are not available when working for private companies come with government jobs.
5. Advantages over US Tax: If you or your spouse are US citizens, they are entitled to any real estate you leave them as a bequest. Your spouse won’t be subject to real estate taxes as a result.
6. No deportation: Avoid avoidable problems that could result in deportation by gaining US citizenship. The United States has a serious crime problem; if a non-citizen commits a crime, it may result in their brutal deportation; but, if they have a green card or are permanent residents, the law may be more lenient.
7. You become eligible for more government benefits: Having US citizenship offers you access to benefits that are available to all US citizens. This means that you will be regarded as a citizen and will receive all of the advantages that come with becoming a US citizen.
8. The right to petition for your parents, siblings, children, or spouses to immigrate to the US is granted to US citizens. It’s interesting to note that the processing time for the petition has decreased in that regard. The application is shorter because only US residents’ parents, spouses, or children (under 21) are considered immediate relations.