Why become a United States citizen?

Chavarro Law Firm - naturalization and citizenship

The decision to apply for citizenship is a very important one. As a permanent resident, you have most of the rights of U.S. citizens. However citizenship offers new rights and privileges, and also equally important responsibilities. By applying, you are demonstrating your commitment to this country and our form of government.

Below you will find several rights and responsibilities that all citizens should exercise and respect. Only some are legally required of every citizen, but all are important to ensuring that the United States of America remains a free and prosperous nation.

Rights Responsibilities
• Vote in federal elections. Most states also restrict the right to vote to U.S. citizens.

• Serve on a federal jury. Most states also restrict jury service to U.S. citizens.

• Travel with a U.S. passport which enables you to get assistance from the U.S. government when overseas.

• Generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to the U.S.

• Obtain citizenship for children under 18 years of age.

• Apply for federal jobs with government agencies.

• Become an elected official for federal office (U.S. Senate or House of Representatives) and for most state and local offices.

• Keep your residency given that a U.S. citizen’s right to remain in the United States cannot be taken away.

• Become eligible for federal grants and scholarships.

• Obtain government benefits.

• Support and defend the Constitution.
• Stay informed of the issues affecting your community and participate.
• Participate in the democratic process.
• Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
• Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
• Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.
• Serve on a jury when called upon.
• Defend the country if the need should arise.
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