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Why You Should Become a U.S. Citizen

1207099_flag-1.jpgAs an immigration attorney, I am often surprised at how many people have the option to become U.S. citizens but simply do not think about it, think they cannot do it, or simply do not know why it would benefit them.

As a naturalized U.S. Citizen myself, I’m here to tell you that in my opinion becoming a U.S. citizen is one of the best choices you can make. It provides a sense of security that simply is not there with a green card (permanent residency).

One of the most attractive features of becoming a U.S. citizen is that a U.S. citizen’s right to remain in the United States cannot be taken away. As a permanent resident, you can be deported. Similarly, U.S. citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country. For students, many financial aid grants including college scholarships and funds given by the government are only available for U.S. citizens.

If you are a permanent resident with children who are less than eighteen, generally, your children can become U.S. citizens without applying separately and without paying for a separate application. This means that your naturalization helps your child have access to more college scholarships and saves them the task of becoming U.S. citizens on their own.

In addition, becoming a U.S. citizen gives you the benefit of a U.S. Passport, the ability to vote in elections, to serve on a jury, and apply for federal jobs.

Some people are intimidated by the naturalization process because they believe they are not proficient enough in the English language. You should know that some people qualify for a Waiver of the English language requirement. And also, if you do not qualify for a waiver, you should know that you do not need to be an expert in the English language to pass the exam. It is ok to have an accent and you can still pass the exam if you can answer in basic sentences. As far as the English portion of the exam, all you need is a little confidence and the desire to be a U.S. citizen.


If you or someone you know wishes go through the naturalization process, an Austin immigration attorney can help. The Lyttle Law Firm has helped many people through the naturalization process. It is extremely important to meet with an immigration lawyer before sending any petitions to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Some people can jeopardize their green card or permanent residency status by applying