If you have been a Legal Permanent Resident of the United States for more than 5 years, or if you have been a Legal Permanent Resident for more than 3 years based on your marriage to a U.S. citizen, you might qualify for Naturalization i.e. becoming a U.S. Citizen.
Becoming a U.S. Citizen has many benefits including:
- Registering and voting in state and national election
Voting is an important way to make your voice heard!
- Easier Travel and Re-Entry to the U.S.
As a U.S. citizen, you will no longer have to deal with the long lines reserved for green card holders and visitors. Additionally, you will benefit from easier entry into other countries.
- Unlimited Travel
You will be able to travel abroad for unlimited periods of time. You can visit family and friends, follow a job opportunity abroad or go on an extended vacation without the fear of losing your U.S. citizenship. However, before you plan your travels make sure you apply for a U.S. passport.
As a permanent resident, if you leave the United States for more than 180 days, you could lose your green card. The immigration officer at the port of entry can determine that you have abandoned your permanent residence. There are ways to protect your green card status and you should speak to an immigration attorney about your options before you leave the U.S.
- Sponsoring family members for green cards
U.S. citizens can petition for a wider variety of family members than permanent residents can and with much shorter waiting times. U.S. citizens can sponsor their parents, spouse, children, adult sons and daughters with their families, and siblings with their families.
- No Need To Renew Your Green Card
As a U.S. citizen you will not need to renew your green card every 10 years. You will also no longer be required to carry your green card with you.
- Tax and Estate Benefits
You should speak to a tax attorney about this benefit. We can connect you with tax attorneys with experience in this area.
What should I do before I apply for naturalization?
The naturalization process includes an in-depth review of your whole immigration history. Although the process might appear simple, for some, it may be risky to apply.
Make sure that you consult with an experienced immigration lawyer before you begin this process. Not everyone is eligible to become a naturalized citizen.
- Naturalization on the Rise; Practical Answers to Newer Practitioners’ Naturalization Questions: Part I
- Naturalization on the Rise; Practical Answers to Newer Practitioners’ Naturalization Questions: Part II