There are lots of reasons to become a U.S. Citizen—whether it’s the right to vote or the ability to bring the family to the US. There are many amazing benefits from gaining citizenship that you may not have considered.

Here are a few really important reasons to consider right now:

Protecting Your Children

When you become a US citizen—any qualified children under age eighteen will AUTOMATICALLY get their citizenship too! This means you’ll never have to worry about the expensive process of renewing a green card; they’ll immediately have access to all the benefits of citizenship; and… they’ll never have to worry about losing their US immigration status. Why not give YOUR children the gift of citizenship?

The Right to a U.S. Passport

Having a US passport allows you to visit one-hundred-and-sixty countries without needing a visa, saving you time and money. Don’t miss out on your chance to see the world!

U.S. Citizens Make More Money

Studies show naturalized US citizens make more money than green card holders. There are many reasons for this, one being that US citizens have better access to jobs and education opportunities. 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.

Living & Traveling Outside the U.S.

As a green card holder, you cannot travel outside the US for more than one year at a time. If you do, you risk losing your green card. US citizens don’t have this restriction! As a citizen, you can remain outside the US for however long you like — without ever having to worry about losing your status.

Citizenship is Less Expensive in the Long Run

Becoming a US citizen is actually much cheaper than remaining a green card holder. Green card holders need to spend $540 every time they renew or lose their green card! That’s a lot of money! If you become a US citizen—you never have to renew your green card again, saving you potentially thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime.

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