F. Why U.S. Citizenship
Many new U.S. residents question why it is so important to take the next step toward citizenship, when U.S. residency or a “green card” accomplishes similar benefits of work, travel and residency in the U.S. However, it is important to remember and recognize that this is a false sense of security.
Differences Between Citizenship and Permanent Resident Status
U.S. residency is a privilege, not a right, whereas U.S. citizenship is a right and not just a privilege. As such, your protections under the law are significantly increased as a citizen when compared to that of a resident. While it is true that applicants for U.S. citizenship must be comfortable in the English language, the benefits that accompany this right are tremendous.
Benefits of U.S. Citizenship
One of the most significant benefits of U.S. citizenship is sponsorship. A U.S. citizen is able to sponsor his or her parents living abroad. A citizen is also able to sponsor a foreign spouse on an immediate basis, whereas it takes several years for a green card holder to sponsor a spouse. Additionally, a citizen will be able to sponsor a child under the age of 21 and not experience significant wait periods.
Barring criminal activity or fraud, a U.S. citizen will retain citizenship even if he or she elects to live abroad. A U.S. citizen is an American for life.
Let us not forget that one of the most noteworthy benefits of in favor of becoming a U.S. citizen is the right to vote. This right is conferred at the swearing in ceremony for U.S. naturalization; a proud moment.
Listed here are just a few of the many benefits of U.S. citizenship.