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What are the benefits of naturalizing?

As a lawful permanent resident/foreign national/green card holder, naturalizing to acquire US Citizenship offers a number of advantages. Below is a list of some:

  • You are entitled to many more federal and state public benefits.

  • You can reside in another country without having to worry about maintaining your permanent residence status.

  • You are protected from deportation if you commit an offense that would otherwise make you deportable.

  • You can sponsor your foreign spouse take advantage of a better priority date or sponsor your foreign fiance.

  • You can sponsor your siblings for permanent residence.

  • You can transmit U.S. citizenship to your child(ren) born abroad.

  • You can vote in local, state and federal elections.

  • You are entitled to better tax breaks for estate-planning purposes.

Below are the main requirements:

  • Continuous Residence in the U.S. for at least five years as a lawful permanent resident (three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen).

  • Physical presence in the U.S. for at least two and a half years as a lawful permanent resident (one and a half years if you are married to a U.S. citizen).

  • Knowledge of English and U.S. history and civics.

To learn more about the specific documents and checklist required to prepare to file a naturalization application, contact a knowledgeable immigration attorney.