Despite being allowed to remain in the U.S. indefinitely, individuals with lawful permanent residence (LPR) status do not get to enjoy the same benefits as naturalized U.S. citizens. With that being said, for many people, the ultimate goal is to become a U.S. citizen. Although the process of naturalization is often intricate and long, several advantages make the tedious process worth all the trouble. If you want to become a U.S. citizen, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Essex County Naturalization Attorney who can help guide you through this process. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen.
What are the main benefits of U.S. citizenship?
As a lawful permanent resident (LPR), once you have officially become a citizen of the United States, you will be able to enjoy the many benefits associated with naturalization. Firstly, one of the main benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen is that you will be able to vote. Having the right to vote in government elections is a major advantage as you will be able to voice your political opinion on important government policies and issues. Another major benefit of naturalization is you will have the freedom to travel wherever you please as you can obtain a U.S. passport. LPRs have restricted travel privileges. However, becoming a U.S. citizen means you will not face restrictions when re-entering the country.
Moreover, another major benefit of becoming a U.S. citizen is that you can file a petition to bring additional family members that you would not otherwise be able to petition for family reunification if you were an LPR. Generally, LPRs can only file petitions for their spouse, child under the age of 21, and unmarried sons and daughters over 21 years old. Naturalized U.S. citizens on the other hand can file a petition for their parents, siblings, and married adult sons and daughters. Additionally, if you become a U.S. citizen, any children that you have under the age of 18 will automatically become U.S. citizens when you naturalize. This is a major advantage as your children will not have to apply for the naturalization process. Furthermore, if you become a U.S. citizen you will be protected from deportation. As an LPR if you are convicted of certain criminal offenses, you could face deportation. However, if you are naturalized you cannot be deported to your country of nationality. Ultimately, if you become a U.S. citizen you will be able to enjoy several benefits that LPRs are not entitled to.
If you need help reaching your goal of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, please contact one of our determined and trusted attorneys. Our firm is committed to guiding our clients through each step of the complex naturalization process.