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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING A U.S. CITIZEN?

Published on November 20, 2012 by in Immigration

There are many advantages to becoming a U.S. Citizen.  These advantages include the right to vote, the opportunity to re-unite families in the United States, protecting your children’s rights to remain in the United States, the right to invoke Constitutional protections in criminal matters, greater ease when traveling internationally, and much, much more!

Being a citizen of the United States provides many other privileges.  Voting in elections is one such privilege.  Certain immediate relatives of a citizen of the United States, such as unmarried children less than 21 years of age and unmarried parents over 21 years of age, are exempt from the numerical limitations imposed on immigration to the United States.  Also, children under the age of eighteen, who are in the legal and physical custody of their naturalized parent(s) automatically become U.S. citizens when their parent(s) becomes naturalized.

In the event a Permanent Resident is ever accused of an illegal activity, they will subject to the authority of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the immigration courts.  As a result, they can be removed (or deported) for such activity.  However, U.S. Citizens have the right to an attorney and a fair trial without the threat of being Removed (Deported).

Permanent Residents can lose their status if they leave the country for 180 days or longer, and, in the event of an extended absence, must obtain a re-entry permit.  However, a Naturalized Citizen is not restricted on the amount of time he or she can spend outside of the Unites States and do not have to obtain a re-entry permit.  Additionally, travel can be more convenient as many countries do not require visas for U.S. Citizens.

 
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