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Is Citizenship Better Than Permanent Residence?

Many immigrants who come to the United States and become permanent residents do not naturalize or become U.S. citizens. Some may not know they are eligible for citizenship. Others may worry about the costs of the naturalization process or may doubt their ability to pass the citizenship test. Others simply are not aware of the benefits that come with becoming a citizen.

The Benefits Of Citizenship

Citizens of the United States get many benefits that permanent residents do not get. Five of the biggest benefits are:

Citizenship cannot be taken away: Once you are a citizen of the United States, you will remain a citizen of the United States. Nobody can take that away from you.

You cannot be deported: While permanent residents run the risk of deportation even for a minor misstep, United States citizens can never be deported.

You get to vote: As a U.S. citizen, you will be allowed to vote in all elections, including national elections that permanent residents cannot vote in.

You can help other family members immigrate: As a U.S. citizen, you will have priority as you attempt to bring the people you love into the country.

Your children will be citizens: Children born to U.S. citizens are automatically U.S. citizens and automatically get all the benefits of being a citizen.

Would You Like These Benefits?

If you are a permanent resident who would like to become a U.S. citizen and get all the benefits that come with that status, you may want to consider working with a dedicated immigration law attorney.

Your attorney can help you determine if you are eligible to naturalize. Your attorney can help you understand the naturalization process and outline the associated costs. Your attorney can guide you through all aspects of the process, including helping you obtain the necessary resources to prepare to pass your citizenship test.

If you have not yet obtained permanent resident status, a lawyer can also help you achieve this critical stepping stone on your path to U.S. citizenship.

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