What are the benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen?

Letter from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of naturalization with USA flag

Around the world, many people seek entry into the United States to build a better life. They leave their country of origin as there are better opportunities in the U.S. Generally, individuals can obtain an array of different temporary nonimmigrant visas to stay in the U.S. for an extended period. However, those with lawful permanent resident status can remain in the U.S. indefinitely to work. Generally, the ultimate goal for many lawful permanent residents is to become naturalized U.S. citizens as there are many advantages. If you are working toward becoming a U.S. citizen, please contact an experienced Middlesex County, New Jersey Citizenship & Naturalization Lawyer who can help you navigate this intricate legal process. In addition, follow along to learn about the many benefits of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. 

What are the main benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen?

Firstly, one benefit of becoming a U.S. citizen is having the right to vote in elections. Essentially, by becoming a citizen you acquire the right to participate in government elections. This is a major benefit as you will have the opportunity to voice your opinion and make a difference in shaping our government’s future. You will have the opportunity to vote on important issues such as immigration policies and healthcare. Another benefit of becoming a U.S. citizen is protection from deportation. Although it is less common for lawful permanent residents to be deported to their former country of nationality it can still happen. Typically, this is only the case when certain criminal convictions occur. Nevertheless, if you become a naturalized citizen you cannot be deported.

Additionally, another benefit of becoming a U.S. citizen is that you may file a petition to bring your family to the United States. Generally, lawful permanent residents can only file petitions for their spouse, minor children, and unmarried sons and daughters over 21 years old. However, U.S. citizens can achieve family reunification by filing a petition to bring additional family members such as their parents, siblings, and married adult sons and daughters. Moreover, if you become a U.S. citizen, your children who are lawful permanent residents will automatically become U.S. citizens when you naturalize. In the U.S. individuals cannot apply to naturalize until they turn 18. However, your child who is under the age of 18 will not have to apply as they will automatically become a citizen who you naturalize. There are several benefits to becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen is challenging. However, a skilled lawyer from the Law Offices of Aditya Surti, LL can help you take the necessary steps to achieve this goal. Don’t navigate this complex legal process alone. Contact us today to learn how our legal team can help you.

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