- Right to vote
- Reunite with family in the US
- Obtain citizenship for children born abroad
- Ability to travel into and outside of the US freely
- Collect benefits
- Become a federal employee
- Become an elected official
In order to be a US Citizen, you must meet certain requirements either at birth or after birth.
- Have been born in the US or in certain US territories that are subject to US jurisdiction.
- Have parents who were legal US citizens at the time of your birth.
- Apply for derived citizenship through parents
- Apply for naturalization
-Must be 18 years or older
-Be a permanent resident for a certain length of time (Usually 5 years)
-Be a person of good, moral character
-Have a period of continued residence and physical presence in the US
-Be able to read, write and speak basic English (Some exceptions)
-Understand and be knowledgeable of basic US history, and US citizens' rights and responsibilities.
When to apply
When at least 18 years and have been a permanent resident of the US for
- 5 years
- 3 years and married to a US citizen
- While honorably serving for the US military for at least 1 year
How to apply
-File an application form N-400 Application for Naturalization
-Submit supporting immigration and naturalization documents to prove that you meet residency and visa requirements
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(UCIS B3. Customer Guide - How do I apply for U.S. Citizenship?)