Applying for US Citizenship
Naturalization is the manner in which a person not born in the United States voluntarily becomes a U.S. citizen.
Before you apply, you must meet a few requirements.
Depending on your situation, there are different requirements that may apply to you.
Most notably, the applicant generally needs to be a legal permanent resident over the age of 18 who meets various continuous residence and physical presence requirements.
Top Ten Reasons to Apply for a U.S. Citizenship
Many people who come to the United States aspire to become a US citizen. U.S. citizenship provides protection, easy travel, and greater sense of belonging to this country.
1. You can Vote
As a United States citizen, you can shape the political framework by voting in local, state and federal elections.
- U.S. Passport
All U.S. citizen are eligible to apply for a U.S. passport. A U.S. passport enables you to travel internationally, and in many cases, without needing a visa.
- Job Opportunities
As a US citizen, you can apply for federal government jobs. These jobs offer good salaries, great benefits, and an excellent career advancement.
- Bring your Family to the United States
As a U.S. citizen, you can sponsor family members for green card. A U.S. citizen (over age 21) can sponsor a parent, sibling, or married child.
- Citizenship for your Children
All persons born in the U.S. automatically become U.S. citizen. However, even if a child of a U.S. citizen is born abroad, the child has a right to claim U.S. citizenship. In addition, a child who is a legal permanent resident and is under the age of 18, automatically becomes a U.S. citizen when a parent naturalizes.
- Financial Benefits
U.S. citizens get better interest rates on loans. In addition, U.S. citizens have the right to receive government-sponsored grands/scholarships for education.
- Travel Freely
Unlike green card holders who cannot travel outside the U.S. for more than 6 months per year, U.S. citizens can travel for an unlimited period of time without losing their citizenship status.
- Retire Abroad with full Social Security Benefits
If a U.S. citizen retires abroad, he or she is entitled to receive all of their Social Security benefits. By contrast, a green card holder who retires outside the U.S. is entitled to receive only half of the benefits they earned while working in the U.S.
- Protection from Deportation
Unlike US citizen, green card holders may be deported for committing a serious crime.
- You will no longer have to deal with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service!
Citizens are not required to carry proof of legal status or report any address changes to the immigration service.
For more detailed information on the naturalization process, please contact Dobreva Law Office.