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The Benefits of U.S. Citizenship

When it comes to the benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen, they can be difficult to overstate. While both the Constitution and the country’s laws provide citizens and non-citizens who live in the U.S. with certain rights, there are specific benefits that apply only to those with citizenship, and understanding this distinction can be helpful. 

If you have questions or concerns related to citizenship, reach out to an experienced Indiana immigration attorney today. We can assess your options and help you decide if seeking citizenship is right for you.

Benefits to Citizens

Some benefits that U.S. citizens can enjoy include all the following:

  • Voting – Citizens have the right to vote in all federal and state elections. 
  • Bringing Family Members to the U.S. – Citizens have priority when it comes to bringing family members to the States permanently.
  • Obtaining Citizenship for Children Born Abroad – Generally, a child born abroad to a parent who is a citizen of the United States automatically becomes a U.S. citizen.
  • Having a U.S. Passport – A U.S. passport can be a valuable tool that earns you assistance from the United States government if you need it when you travel outside the country. 
  • Gaining Eligibility for Government Jobs – Most government jobs require U.S. citizenship.
  • Becoming an Elected Official – Most elected positions in the United States require citizenship.

The Responsibilities You Accept

Along with the benefits you receive, there are important responsibilities you accept when you become a citizen of the United States. These include:

  • Letting go of your former allegiance to any other nation or sovereignty (unless you have dual citizenship)
  • Swearing allegiance to the United States
  • Defending and supporting the laws and the Constitution of the United States of America
  • Serving the nation if required to do so

Additionally, when you become a citizen, you take on the responsibility of accepting your civic duty to participate in the political process (by registering to vote and by following through with voting), of serving on a jury if called to do so, of respecting the nation’s inherent diversity, and more. 

Becoming a citizen of the United States of America is a privilege and a responsibility, but it is also a complex process. Learn more about how becoming a citizen might impact your life and your eligibility from an Indiana immigration attorney. 

Seek the Professional Legal Guidance of an Experienced Indiana Immigration Attorney

The path forward toward citizenship can be long and complicated, but obtaining American citizenship is its own reward, and the accomplished Indiana immigration attorneys at Arshad, Pangere & Warring are well positioned and well prepared to help you. We recognize the strength of your commitment to citizenship, and we take great pride in helping clients like you become citizens of the United States of America. To learn more about how we can also help you, please don’t wait to contact us today.

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