Naturalization is the process by which a legal permanent resident gains U.S. citizenship. If you have held a green card for at least 5 years, are 18 years of age or older and are of good moral character and legal standing, you may apply for citizenship in the United States.

Becoming a citizen of the United States carries tremendous benefits and great responsibilities including but not limited to those outlined below.

Benefits of US Citizenship

In addition to the overwhelming sense of nationalism and pride you will feel when granted citizenship, there are many benefits to becoming a full citizen and not just a legal permanent resident. You will be able to vote in state and federal elections and you may also run for office. You will be given priority status when applying to bring family members into the country. Your children born after you receive citizenship will automatically be citizens of the US. You may apply to receive a US Passport and will become eligible for federal jobs.

Responsibilities of Being a US Citizen

When you become a citizen, you must take the Oath of Citizenship where you will renounce all prior allegiances to other countries and swear allegiance to the United States of America. You swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. You may be required to serve your country when required, such as serving jury duty.


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