Benefits of Applying for US Citizenship
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Commonly known as the land of opportunities, the United States of America is one of the most sought-after countries for immigrants, refugees, and foreign visitors. The United States has traditionally opened doors to refugees and victims of humanitarian violations. In addition, the United States has numerous economic opportunities that continue to attract foreign investors. Depending on the individual's needs and circumstances, the United States grants a large selection of visitor visas. The United States also grants a permanent resident status and a conditional permanent resident status to individuals who seek long-termed residence with in the country. For a large number of immigrants and some visa-holders, obtaining the U.S. citizenship is the ultimate goal. Immigrants can reside in the United States through two options. One is through obtaining a Green Card and the permanent resident status. Another is attaining U.S. citizenship. Although both statuses provide the individual with countless opportunities and rights to live and work in the U.S., the permanent resident status has several limitations. Many U.S. legal rights are conferred to United States citizens only. Therefore, a large number of Green Card holding permanent residents ultimately apply for U.S. citizenship to enjoy the unique privileges.
Unique Benefits for US Citizens
The following are the main privileges that are conferred only to United States citizens.
- U.S. citizens have the right to hold federal jobs. In general, federal jobs provide the maximum job security as well as a medium to high range in salary. Federal jobs also come with immense benefits. The federal job positions are only available to U.S. citizens. Permanent residents are not allowed to hold a federal job.
- U.S. citizens have the right to vote. Only U.S. citizens are permitted to participate in voting during elections at the local, state, and national levels. Since living in the United States entitles one to U.S. laws and policies, it is beneficial to one's wellbeing to have the option of voting in elections. Permanent residents do not have such rights. Thus, becoming a U.S. citizen can broaden one's political voice in the country.
- U.S. citizens have the right to protection abroad. U.S. citizens receive protection and support even when they are traveling in foreign countries. If the U.S. citizen becomes assaulted, injured, or violated during the traveling, the U.S. Department of State will ensure the citizen returns home safely. The U.S. citizen is entitled to assistance through U.S. consulate and embassies. U.S. consulates and embassies are located across the globe and in nearly every tourist location. If the U.S. citizen becomes involved in legal matters, the Department of State will also ensure the citizen will be represented by an attorney.
- U.S. citizens have an ease of reentry. U.S. citizens face fewer obstacles and difficulties in reentering the United States. Unlike U.S. citizens, Green Card holders must go through border patrol and customs during every reentry. Thus, being a U.S. citizen entitles one to a smoother procedure during international travel.
- U.S. citizens have the right to citizenship for family members. U.S. citizens can assist their non-citizen spouse, biological children, or adopted children to become American citizens. The U.S. citizen can bring their non-citizen family members to the United States through a less difficult process compared to permanent residents.