There can be a variety of benefits to making the choice to become a naturalized citizen. As a citizen, you are entitled to the same rights and protections as those who were born in Texas or any other state. Furthermore, becoming a citizen can help to add to the economic stability and cultural diversity within your community.
The specific benefits of becoming an American citizen
As a citizen, you can legally work or own a business without fear of losing a visa or otherwise being forced to leave the country. Furthermore, you can take part in the political process either by advocating for a particular candidate or running for office yourself.
How naturalized citizens help the economy
According to a report from the Fiscal Policy Institute, roughly 18% of all small business owners are naturalized citizens. Overall, naturalization can increase personal earnings by up to $45 billion over the course of a decade. Ultimately, allowing individuals from other countries to become citizens can provide a significant boost to local and state economies.
The cost of naturalization could go up
You will likely have to pay a fee as part of the naturalization process. However, these fees are not supposed to make it unreasonably hard for a person to take the leap from permanent resident to citizen. In November 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a proposal that would call for fee increases.
Advocates for those who are wishing to become naturalized citizens say that there is no reason why this needs to happen. It is important to note that the proposal comes a year before presidential election and months before a new census is to be taken.
The naturalization process may involve filling out multiple documents and passing a citizenship test. An attorney may answer any questions that you have about the process of becoming a citizen or help complete any steps involved with that process in a timely manner.