Written by: Taher Kameli, Esq.
The United States of America is a powerhouse of opportunities, both personal and professional, and is one of the most coveted countries for expats. People from all over the world move to the U.S. looking for rewarding professional growth opportunities. The stunning physical features, highly developed infrastructure, and welcoming people are reasons enough for people to seek the green card and settle down there.
If you are considering getting a U.S. citizenship, be prepared to get a whole new set of privileges, rights, and benefits. But here are a few obvious ones you are likely to get on becoming a US citizen:
Right to Vote
If you become a U.S. citizen, you can cast your vote in all federal elections. However, the rules may change when it comes to voting in state elections because different states have different voting laws. Some states, for example, may deny the right to vote to people convicted of a felony.
The United States Passport
All citizens of the United States have the right to possess a passport. The US passport has a lot of weight because it allows passport holders to travel internationally, in most cases without a visa. Such individuals are also allowed to enter the U.S. without any restrictions. You can also avail help from U.S. Embassies and Consulates while traveling outside the country.
Citizenship for family
U.S. citizens can bring their family from other countries if they have a green card. You can apply for an immigration visa for your spouse, parents, children, and siblings. There are two types of immigration visas in the U.S.: Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas and the Family Preference Immigrant Visas. The former is an unlimited visa meaning that the number of visas issued is not limited each year and the immigrant petition will be adjudicated within a short period of time.The latter is for more distant family relationships with a U.S. citizen and some specified relationships with a lawful permanent resident and is subject to visa limitations. .
Federal jobs and benefits
You can run for government jobs if you are at citizen of the U.S. Most federal jobs, such as FBI agents and court clerks, are only open to US citizens and they are likely to be economically more rewarding. U.S. citizens also get a host of social security benefits, scholarships, and grants from the government.
Last but not least, you and your family will be protected from deportation if you become a U.S. citizen. Permanent residents can be deported if they commit a serious crime. U.S. citizens have a much stronger position in the society and may not face deportation in most cases.