Naturalized US citizens have been shown to earn more money than non-citizen immigrants. But why? Well, there are several reasons.

Here are 6 reasons to consider:

1. Citizens Have Access to More Jobs

Only U.S. citizens can apply for federal jobs, which tend to be higher paying and extremely stable. They also have access to a U.S. passports—a characteristic that makes you more employable for jobs that require travel. U.S. passport holders can travel to 166 countries visa-free or with a visa on arrival.

2. Citizens Are Typically Older (more experienced)

Naturalized citizens are on average, 10 years older than non-naturalized immigrants. That means they have an additional ten years of residence and potential work experience in the U.S.

3. Citizens Are Often More Educated.

Naturalized citizens are twice as likely to have a college degree than non-naturalized citizens, giving them more opportunity in the job market.

4. Citizenship Tells Employers You Have What They Need/Want

US citizens have characteristics employers are looking for, like a basic command of the English language and good moral character—both requirements for naturalization.

5. Citizens Are Committed to Remaining in the U.S. (and on the job)

Taking the plunge to become a citizen tells employers that you won’t be leaving anytime soon. You being more likely to stay in the US tells them you’re serious about the job.

6. Citizens Are More Likely to Invest

Planned permanent residency makes people more likely to make long-term investments. Those investments could vary from getting a higher education degree to buying a home to starting a business—all of which could eventually turn a profit.


Bonus! Exactly how much more money can you make as a citizen?

Naturalized citizens make 50 to 70 percent more than non-citizen immigrants. This statistic is largely influenced by individual characteristics of people who naturalize—they tend to be older, have more education and have lived in the U.S. longer. But even taking those individual characteristics out, citizenship still has a positive impact on immigrants’ incomes—by about 8 percent.

You can learn more about how to apply for citizenship through FileRight.com.