Many Green Card holders in America choose to remain in the country as permanent residents though they are eligible for US citizenship. Many say that they are not interested in becoming US citizens. At the same time, there are several undocumented immigrants living in the country who now want the country to grant them US citizenship. Such immigrants are in favor of the immigration reform bill that the US Senate has passed, as this bill includes a provision that would permit the undocumented immigrants to apply for US citizenship.
According to the US Department of Homeland Security, millions of Green Card holders are eligible for naturalization, but are not interested in applying for it. There are a variety of reasons why they do not want to become US citizens.
Permanent residents, to apply for naturalization, must meet few residency requirements. They need to be good in English and need to know well about the country’s history. They must establish that they can read, write and speak English. Immigrants who are not good in English do not apply for naturalization, just because they are not good in English.
The other reason why many choose to renew their Green Cards and remain as permanent residents is the naturalization application filing fee. Many are unable to afford this fee. The fee is too high for many but they are unaware of the waivers that are available to the ones who are unable to afford the form filing fee.
Some countries are against dual citizenship. Citizens of such countries will have renounce the actual citizenship they are holding to obtain US citizenship, which is a difficult choice for many.
Some are not interested in becoming citizens of the United States though they possess good language skills and meet all the other naturalization requirements. They simply do not want to obtain citizenship.
Permanent residents are granted almost all the rights that are granted to the US citizens, except the right to vote and few other rights. Permanent residents cannot take part in the civic life and they cannot stay in foreign countries for a long time. They will lose their status in the country if they make a foreign country their home. They are ineligible for certain jobs that are meant only for the US citizens. Permanent residents will be stripped off their status and deported if they violate US immigration laws. However, permanent residents who are not willing to become US citizens are not concerned about the above limitations.