If you are a permanent resident in the United States, you may be wondering if it’s worth the effort to go for U.S. citizenship. Although it may take a while and a lot of gathering documents, the advantages of naturalization may mean a better life for you and your family.
- Can naturalized citizens ever be deported?
It is nearly impossible to deport a U.S. citizen. The only possible reasons to legally deport a naturalized foreign-born person would be a large deception on their application or serious crimes committed against the United States. Otherwise, naturalized citizens are usually exempt from deportation or loss of citizenship.
- What are the main advantages of a U.S. passport?
Once you have one, you don’t need to worry about residency issues ever again. Although permanent residency for “green cards” often relies on time spent in the United States and people can lose rights or priority for leaving, this is never the case for a naturalized citizen. A U.S. passport often allows the holder easier and cheaper entry into many countries around the world.
- How does citizenship affect others?
A U.S. citizen may sponsor family members and other connected individuals from their original homeland for permanent residency in the country. This may also be a road for that family member’s own citizenship at some point.
- Who can help with an application to naturalize?
An attorney can review the evidence that a permanent resident has as part of their case for naturalization. Legal representation may also make other parts of the process easier and more inclusive of your family.