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A LOOK AT THE BENEFITS OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP

A LOOK AT THE BENEFITS OF U.S. CITIZENSHIP

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Every individual who applies for United States citizenship has his or her own personal reasons for wishing to become a citizen. It is undeniable that U.S. citizenship offers many advantages, both at home and abroad. Your immigration lawyer can help you navigate the complex legal system to achieve your dream of becoming a citizen.

Personal Benefits

Many people consult an immigration lawyer about becoming a U.S. citizen because they wish to demonstrate their patriotism for their country.Proclaiming your allegiance to the U.S., and promising to support and defend the Constitution can make you truly at home in your adopted country.

Financial Benefits

The benefits of U.S. citizenship encompass much more than pride in your country. Being a U.S. citizen also offers financial advantages. For example, as a citizen, you are eligible to apply for jobs with government agencies. You’ll also be granted access to public benefits. This is significant because a life-changing event that causes disability can happen at any time. As a U.S. citizen, you will have access to invaluable safety net programs. It’s true that lawful permanent residents do have access to Medicare; however, they must pay an expensive premium. Additionally, lawful permanent residents only have access to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for seven years.

Legal Benefits

As a naturalized U.S. citizen, you will never need to fear the possibility of deportation. When you swear allegiance to the United States, you promise to uphold its laws. However, if you have children, deportation may be a particular concern for you because kids and teenagers have a tendency to make reckless mistakes that may lead to their removal from the country. As a U.S. citizen, you and your children are protected from deportation. Additionally, under most circumstances, children under the age of 18 automatically gain citizenship when you do. Other legal benefits include having the right to vote in elections and having the right to run for public office.

Family Benefits

Many naturalized U.S. citizens still have family members who live abroad. When you become a U.S. citizen, your family members will generally have priority to immigrate to the country.

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