Benefits of gaining U.S. citizenship

Permanent residents of the U.S., or those with a green card, have many of the same rights as U.S. citizens. However, if you get your U.S. citizenship, you will gain a few key privileges and responsibilities.

One of the most well-known privileges of being a U.S. citizen is the ability to vote. You will have a voice in the decisions the government makes by choosing lawmakers and leaders.

Serving on a jury
People who stand trial in the U.S. have a right to a jury of their peers. By gaining U.S. citizenship, you have become one of those peers and can serve on a jury. This important responsibility will allow you insight into how the judicial system works as well as afford you the opportunity to decide the outcome of a trial.

Travel with a U.S. passport
When you travel abroad carrying a U.S. passport, you can call on U.S. governmental aid if necessary. In emergencies such as international disasters, or in the case that you are a victim of a crime overseas, you can turn to an embassy or consulate for help. As a citizen, you will get the assistance you require.

Bring family to the U.S.
U.S. citizens get priority when petitioning to bring a family member into the country. If you have children under 18 who are not citizens, they automatically naturalize once you do.

You can apply for government jobs in a wide variety of fields. You can also become an elected official by running for local, state and some federal offices. Not only can you vote for leaders who will make the changes you want to see, but you can be one of those leaders.

U.S. citizens have access to federal grants and loans for school.

Permanent residency
With U.S. citizenship, you will always be allowed to live in the country. No one can take your residency.