You were probably overjoyed when you became a permanent resident in the U.S. and received your green card. Whether you have to wait five years or three (if you married a U.S. citizen), you may finally be eligible to apply for citizenship.
There are many green card holders who seem satisfied by their status, but if you’re a permanent resident anyway, why not apply for citizenship? There are many benefits to becoming one. Here are some of them:
You can’t be deported.
Green card holders can lose their privilege of living in the U.S. Whether you’ve committed a crime or an immigration violation, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can revoke your green card. The problem is you are likely to find out only when you apply for a replacement green card. By that time, it’s too late to do anything about it.
If you’re a U.S. citizen, you cannot be deported. So better call a citizenship attorney in Utah and ask whether you can file for citizenship today.
Government jobs are open to you.
Thinking about applying for a job with the U.S. government? That’s a good choice since the government offers better pay than most private sector jobs, better hours, and better benefits. The problem is you have to be a U.S. citizen before you can be eligible for that job.
You don’t have to worry about travel.
Your citizenship protects you when you travel. You are entitled to your government’s assistance at any U.S. embassy or consulate around the world as long as you carry a U.S. passport.
You don’t even have to worry about coming back before you’ve had your fill of the beaches of Australia or your mom’s cooking in the Philippines, because — unlike a green card — your status as a citizen won’t be in jeopardy.
These are only a few of the benefits you can enjoy if you’re a U.S. citizen. Don’t forego the chance to acquire citizenship as soon as you are eligible.