By becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States, you acquire the same rights and obligations that any other citizen has. For example, you are now allowed to vote in all state and federal elections. It may also be possible to hold an elected office or obtain a job in the federal government. Let’s take a closer look at some other key benefits of becoming a citizen.
You can get an American passport
As a citizen of the United States, you are entitled to obtain assistance from the government while traveling overseas. If an American citizen is allowed to travel to a country without a passport, you will now be allowed to travel to that country without a passport.
Your children can become American citizens
After you become an American citizen, any children that you have will become citizens as well. This is likely true even if the child is born in another country. A child who lives in the United States with a naturalized parent may also become an American citizen.
Sponsor family members to live here permanently
If a parent, spouse or other adult family member wants to live in the country, you may be able to sponsor that individual. Those who become permanent residents may be allowed to work in the United States legally, and it may also be possible for your family members to begin the process of becoming citizens themselves.
The responsibilities of being a citizen
By obtaining citizenship, you agree to serve in the military if asked to do so. You also agree to serve on a jury or take part in other lawful activities when summoned to do so by a state or federal government agency. You are also expected to be a positive member of the community who respects both American laws and the American people.
There are many steps that may need to be taken to become an American citizen. If you are thinking about obtaining citizenship, it could be in your best interest to have an attorney help you navigate the process of doing so.