美国公民的利益

Do you want to become a US citizen? There are many benefits to US citizenship. Learn about the benefits of US citizenship so you can decide if it is right for you.

The process of becoming a US citizen is called 归化. There are many steps to naturalization, and it can be a long and difficult process. As you go through the steps, it is good to remind yourself of the benefits of US citizenship!

Citizenship gives you protection

With citizenship, you will gain protection both in the USA and overseas.

Protection against deportation

You cannot be deported if you are a US citizen, even if you are found guilty of a crime.

Protection overseas

The US government protect citizens when they travel overseas. If you are a citizen, you can go to a US embassy or consulate in any country to get help and information.

Protection returning home

Permanent residents have to be careful about travel regulations. They can be questioned at the border. But nobody can deny your right to re-enter the USA if you are a US passport holder.

Citizenship gives you a sense of belonging

There are many way that citizenship connects you to your new country.

Pride and patriotism

New citizens often feel proud of their new country and being able to say they are Americans.

Elected office

As a US citizen, you can hold elected office. Naturalized citizens can run for any elected office except United States president. Presidents have to be born in the USA.

Opportunity to bring family to the USA

Citizens get priority over permanent residents when they want to bring family members to live in the USA.

Benefits of US citizenship for your children

If your children are under 18 and resident in the USA, they automatically qualify for citizenship when you are naturalized.

Watch a video about what becoming a US citizen meant to one young refugee

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Citizenship extends your rights

Everyone has certain rights in the USA under the law. But among the benefits of US citizenship is that you will have more rights. 举个例子:

Citizenship brings economic benefits

Government jobs are often more secure and better paid than jobs in private businesses. These government jobs are a big part of the US economy. But many government jobs are only open to citizens. You almost always have to be a citizen to work for the federal government.

Many employers in the private sector will also give preference to US citizens. One of the benefits of US citizenship is you will have access to those private sector jobs. On the whole, US residents earn about 9% more after naturalization.

If you are older or disabled, certain government benefits are guaranteed for citizens. You may not receive these benefits for more than 7 years if you are not a citizen. 了解更多关于 公共福利.

Watch a video about how naturalization benefits and American and newcomers

Are there any drawbacks to becoming a citizen?

The USA allows people to hold dual nationalities, but not all other countries do. 举个例子, if you are originally from China, 印度, 缅甸, or Norway, you will have to give up your citizenship to get the benefits of US citizenship. Learn which are the countries that do and don’t allow dual citizenship.

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