Now more than ever, it is important for Green Card holders to become U.S. Citizens if they are eligible to do so. With a growing trend towards tougher immigration policy, now is the time to secure certainty for your future by becoming a U.S. Citizen. To find out if you are eligible, call Plummer Legal, LLC at 240-206-8287 for your free consultation.
Here are the 10 reasons why you should become a U.S. Citizen:
1) U.S. Citizens are Rarely Deported but Permanent Residents are Regularly Deported
Once you become a U.S. Citizen, you cannot be deported unless you illegally gained your citizenship. Citizenship allows you to live without fear of being deported if you make a mistake. Green Card holders can be deported for certain crimes. Examples include drug violations, firearm convictions, and even crimes of domestic violence, stalking, or violation of protection order. See 8 U.S. Code § 1227.
Let’s say for example you are a Green Card holder, and you and your wife get in an argument. Your wife calls the police. She is advised to get a protection order. Later, she complains that you violated the order. You are convicted of violating the order. Based on that conviction, you could be removed from the United States. Unfortunately, this scenario happens all the time. Once you become a U.S. citizen, you will be protected from deportation.
2) Only U.S. Citizens can petition for Parents, Siblings, and Married Children
Only a U.S. Citizen can apply for their parents, siblings and married children. If you are a Green Card holder, you can only apply for your spouse, minor children and unmarried adult children. Moreover, immigration law limits the number of individuals who may immigrate to the country per year based upon category (for example wife of permanent resident). This can create 15 years of waiting time in some circumstances. However, if you are U.S. Citizen there is no wait time and no limit for your spouse, minor children, and parents.
3) U.S. Citizens do not have to Green Card renewal fees
If you are a Green Card holder, you have to pay a fee (currently $540.00) to renew your green card periodically or it will expire. If your green card is destroyed, lost, stolen, or you change your name, then you also have to pay to get it renewed. When you become a citizen, you pay one fee that will last your entire life and it will never expire.
4) Children of U.S. Citizens Automatically become U.S. Citizens
When you become a U.S. Citizen, your child can automatically become a U.S. Citizen. If your child is under 18, living with the U.S. Citizen parent and is a permanent resident, then your child will automatically become a U.S. Citizen once you naturalize.
5) U.S. Citizens can Visit/ Live overseas without Fear of Overstaying
A Green Card holder faces the possibility of unintentionally “abandoning residency” if he spends too much time outside of the U.S. As a Green Card holder you must maintain “continuous residence” or you could lose your green card. When you become a U.S. Citizen, you can come and go as you please without fear of losing your citizenship.
6) You can apply for a U.S. Passport which allows you Ease of Travel and Protection Abroad
U.S. Citizens can enter over 150 countries without a visa. Additionally, U.S. Citizens get the benefit of having a U.S. Passport. Travelling in and out of the United States with a Green Card can be a headache because people are worried about being denied admission back into the United States, being grilled by U.S. Customs, or having to wait extra time in non-citizen lines. Moreover, when you travel abroad as a U.S. Citizen with a U.S. Passport, you are more likely to be treated with respect and care because the United States strongly fights for the safe and humane treatment of her citizens abroad.
7) Only U.S. Citizens can Vote in Elections
It is illegal for a Green Card holder to vote in U.S. elections. See 18 U.S.C. § 611. In fact, if a Green Card holder votes, that person can be deported. See 8 U.S.C. § 1227. If you live in the United States you effected by the laws every day and you should have a say in who represents you. Once you become a U.S. Citizen, you will have a voice with your vote.
8) U.S. Citizens can become Politicians
Even further than voting as a U.S. Citizen, once your become a citizen you can become a politician or elected official. U.S. Citizens can become mayors, governors, judges and delegates.
9) Most Federal Jobs only hire U.S. Citizens
Millions of jobs in the United States are only available to U.S. Citizens especially government jobs. If you lives in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, you know that much of the local job economy consists of federal jobs. When you become a U.S. Citizen, you will have access to those jobs.
10) Most Public Welfare and Scholarships are only available to U.S. Citizens
Many of the public benefit programs for healthcare, food, and housing require U.S. Citizenship or requires Green Card holders to jump over more legal hurdles before receiving the public benefits. If you find yourself in a situation where you need help to get back on your feet, you can easily get help if you are a U.S. Citizen. In conclusion, there are many benefits to becoming a U.S. Citizen and rewards last a lifetime. Plummer Legal, LLC would love to help you become a citizen. For your free consultation, call Plummer Legal, LLC at 240-206-8287.
Michael R. Plummer is a licensed attorney in Maryland. The purpose of this blog is to provide news and information on business and immigration law. This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. “Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.” Proverbs 15:22