The land of opportunities – the United States of America, is the perfect place for immigrants who dream to make it big. Although green cards and visas are there to help you to work in the country, citizenship is something that every immigrant wishes for. Most immigrants want to achieve the citizenship status while in the USA.
There are two options for immigrants – citizenship or permanent residence (Green Card holders). Although, both the statuses offer the chance to live and work legally in the United States, there are some advantages that are conferred to citizens only. Citizens enjoy certain rights and privileges that are otherwise denied to permanent residents and if you want to enjoy those rights and privileges, then you will have to apply for U.S Citizenship.
Some of the rights and privileges that you may enjoy after you become a citizen of the U.S. are:
The right to hold federal jobs: Federal jobs include good benefits, mid to high range salaries as well as maximum job security. These facilities are offered to citizens while permanent residents are not considered to be eligible for federal jobs. Federal jobs include a postal office or a branch of the social security administration.
The right to vote: The right to vote is one of the main facilities offered to permanent citizens and if you want to take part in the state, local and national elections, you must have the citizenship of the country. Once you become a citizen of US, you will be entitled to these facilities.
The right to vacation: Immigrants with green-card may loose their permanent residence if they go on an extended vacation to places outside America or show any signs of resettling somewhere else. However, U.S citizens are free to travel wherever they wish and how long they wish without the fear of losing their home in the US.
The right to protection abroad: U.S citizens are protected even when they are traveling. If you get assaulted, injured or harmed while you are traveling with your U.S passport, the State Department makes sure that you travel home safely and helps you with every facility through the U.S consulate. If you face any kind of legal problems abroad, the State Department makes sure you have a lawyer to defend yourself and your basic rights are not violated.
Ease of reentry: A U.S citizen usually faces fewer difficulties on reentering the country than a permanent resident. Green card holders or permanent residents have to go through border patrols or customs unlike citizens.
The right to citizenship for family members: If you are a citizen of the United States, your spouse, children or any other children you adopt may become a U.S. citizen easily. There would be paper work to make sure that they attain citizenship but the process will be less difficult.
These facilities and rights are only entitled to the citizens of U.S. So, to enjoy all these privileges, you have to become a citizen of the country.