Taking the decision to become a U.S. citizen is one of the most important decisions you can make while living in US. You show your commitment to the United States and your loyalty to its Constitution by taking this decision and in return, you are rewarded with all the rights and privileges that are part of U.S. citizenship. Becoming a citizen involves that you must be willing to swear your loyalty to the United States, give up your allegiance to any other country; and support and defend the United States and its Constitution. As a permanent resident, you have most of the rights of U.S. citizens, but still there are many salient reasons to consider while becoming a U.S. citizen, such as:
● voting in elections.
●serving on a federal jury which is an important responsibility for U.S. citizens
● traveling with a U.S. Passport and getting assistance from the US government, if necessary.
● bringing your family Members permanently to the United States
● obtaining citizenship for children born overseas.
● eligibility for federal jobs
● becoming an Elected Official
● permanent residency: A U.S. citizen’s right to remain in the United States cannot be taken away.
● eligibility for federal grants and scholarships
● obtaining various available government benefits
You may become a U.S. citizen either at birth or after birth after you meet certain requirements,.
To become a citizen at birth, you must:
-have been born in the United States; OR
-had a parent or parents who were citizens at the time of your birth (if you were born abroad)
To become a citizen after birth, you must:
-Apply for “derived” or “acquired” citizenship through your parents
-Apply for naturalization
Becoming a U.S. Citizen through Naturalization
Citizenship gained through the process of naturalization, which is the primary method of acquiring U.S. citizenship, is in almost all respects the same as citizenship gained through other means such as through birth, or being born of citizens of US.