Become a US Citizen:
It costs $700* to file an application for citizenship: $680 in the fees to the US Government.
What You Need to Know:
The American citizenship is lasting dream for a great number of people around the globe.
The first necessary step is to become a US permanent resident (green card holder). After that, a resident must stay in the US for at least 5 years. The procedure to become a US citizen known as naturalization, you should first have a green card (Permanent Resident) and after that meet different prerequisites, recorded beneath. There are very few uncommon exemptions in which one goes straight from having no U.S. status to getting U.S. citizenship;
The Eligibility Criteria:
If you are interested in applying for U.S. citizenship, first make sure that all of the following apply to you:
- You have lived in the United States as a legitimate permanent resident for no less than five years (with special cases for refugees, individuals who get their green card through asylum, spouses of U.S. citizens, and U.S. military work force)
- You have been physically present in the United States and have not had any absences for more than 180 days.
- You have lived in the locale or state where you are filling your application for no less than three months.
- You must be able to read, write, and speak simple English. There are some exceptions for some older and long-time residents, and for some disabled permanent residents.
- You are able to pass a test covering U.S. history and government (based on questions provided by USCIS),
- You are willing to swear that you trust in the standards of the U.S. Constitution and will be faithful to the United States.
- You have not committed any crimes.
Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen:
Among many advantages of being a U.S. citizen, some of them are as below:
- You can vote in favor of the government official of your decision and have full participation in United States democracy. Keep in mind, as a voter, the government officials will hear you out.
- You can run for any public office, except President and Vice President.
- As a U.S. resident, you are eligible for all state and federal employments and different occupations where U.S. citizenship is needed.
- You can have access to more types of public assistance.
- Dissimilar to other migration papers, you never need to renew your citizenship certificate.
- If you become a citizen before your children turn 18, in most cases they also become citizens and receive benefits that all citizens are entitled to.
- You can leave the US and reside in your home country.
- A US citizen can sponsor his/her relatives for a green card.
- It very difficult to take US citizenship away from somebody unlike visa statuses or green cards.
- You do not need a visa to go to Europe or many other countries
You could be barred from obtaining Citizenship for following reasons:
There might be some restrictions in getting citizenship if you are involved in any of the following situation. You should consult an attorney or a legal counselor for better solution:
- You have been declared guilty a wrongdoing or in a crime.
- You have ever deceived an immigration officer, consular authority, or government official.
- You married only to acquire residency status.
- Since turning into a legal permanent resident, you have been missing from the United States for long periods of time, particularly periods more than one year.
- You have been arrested.
- You neglected to file an income tax return for any year since turning into a legal permanent inhabitant.
- Some other acts like terrorist activities, etc.