Here are five things you’re missing out on because you haven’t become a citizen yet.
1. Bring Your Wife and Kids to the U.S. — and also Your Mom and Your Dad and Your Sister and Your Brother
Not only can citizens bring more relatives to the U.S., but they can bring relatives here faster.
While both permanent residents and citizens can petition for spouses and children to come to the U.S., only citizens can sponsor parents and siblings. There are an unlimited number of immigrant visas for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens (parents, children, and spouses) each year. That means their visas are processed faster.
Bring more family to the U.S., sooner.
2. Got Kids? Their Citizenship is FREE & Automatic
When you become a citizen, your children do too. Permanent resident children of U.S. citizens automatically receive citizenship when a parent naturalizes. Save them the pain of paying $1,170 for a Certificate of Citizenship after they turn 18. Give them the full rights of citizenship now, including protection from deportation.
How does it work? Children can’t apply for citizenship through naturalization. Instead, they automatically receive citizenship when a parent naturalizes, as long as they are under 18 and in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent.
3. Have More Earning Power
Research shows that naturalized citizens achieve an increase in earnings by 8-11 percent, nationally.
Why? Citizenship ensures you’re proficient in the English language, committed to remaining in the country, enables you to travel freely with a U.S. passport, and simply gain access to more jobs. Federal jobs, which tend to be very secure and high-paying, require you to be a citizen. And finally, employers often prefer to higher citizens over non-citizens. When citizens and noncitizens are equally qualified for a job, employers may legally choose U.S. citizenship as the basis for employment.
4. Travel without Restriction
Did you know that if a permanent resident leaves the country for more than 1-year, he or she may have trouble coming back? U.S. permanent residents need to obtain special permission to leave the country for longer than a year or risk losing their status. Yikes!
I know what you’re thinking: “When am I going to be abroad for more than a year?” Well, what about work? What about family?
It’s possible you may get a work opportunity in your home country but want to maintain your U.S. immigration status. Having citizenship will make this a lot easier.
It’s also possible you may want to return home to be with family. What if a parent gets ill and you need to go home to care for them? Having citizenship means you can focus on your loved ones and not have to worry about expiring immigration documents.
5. Freedom from Deportation
The U.S. government can and does deport U.S. permanent residents. Citizens, however, can never be deported. Drug convictions, lying on immigration applications, marriage fraud, and domestic violence could all land you in immigration court—even if you’re a minor. Protect yourself and your children by becoming a citizen.