I can’t count how many times during my career as an immigration attorney, I’ve come across an individual who has had the opportunity to become a citizen and said “i never knew it was important." Becoming a U.S. citizen is the most important thing for any immigrant who intends to live in the U.S. permanently. For I have come across people who have had green cards for twenty years or more but yet were deported by the Department of Homeland Security. Citizens of the U.S. have rights and privileges that permanent residents do not have, and if you are hoping to gain some of these rights, then you might want to apply for U.S. Citizenship.
Benefits of U.S. citizenship: Deportation
I always tell my clients and people I meet daily that anything could happen, for people who get deported with green cards from this country on a delay basis were people just like us, the only difference between them and those that continue to live here on a green card is that they had been arrested for most likely a misdemeanor or felony that result in they deportation. If they had citizenship they would not have been deported.
Benefits of U.S. citizenship: Your family members have a path to citizenship
Once you become a U.S. citizen you open up the doors for your spouse, children, mother, father, brothers and sisters to become citizens. There will still be paperwork to file in order to make sure that they attain citizenship, but the process will not be nearly as long a green holder trying to accomplish the same objective. If you become a citizen before your child reaches the age of 18 U.S. citizenship status is bestowed on your child provided that you can show that you meet the definition of a parent under the Immigration and nationality Act.
Benefits of U.S. Citizenship: The Right to Hold Federal Jobs Federal jobs offer mid-to-high range salaries, excellent benefits, and maximum job security, which might be just what an immigrant needs to get on his or her feet in the U.S. Permanent residents are not eligible for federal jobs, but citizens are. You can work in the postal office or at your local branch of the social security administration. There are literally thousands of available federal jobs in most large cities.
Benefits of U.S. Citizenship: Government Benefits
Some permanent residents cannot receive the same public benefits as citizens. There has been increasing talk of making more public benefits available only to citizens. One way to ensure that this will not be a problem is to naturalize and become a U.S. citizen.