All of us have benefits of citizenship. But when people are not citizens they do not have enough rights and the process of citizenship is rather difficult.
Citizenship means being a member of a country with all the rights and all the privileges of being citizen. If a person meets certain requirements he can become a U.S. citizen. People may become U.S. citizens at birth or after it.
According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 757,343 persons were naturalized in 2012.
To become a citizen at birth a person should:
- have been born in the United States;
- have been born in certain territories or outlying possessions of the United States;
- have a parent or parents who were citizens at the time of his birth.
A person may become a citizen after birth by:
- Applying for a “derived” or “acquired” citizenship through parents
- Applying for naturalization.
The ways to obtain Citizenship are:
- Citizenship Through Naturalization
- Citizenship Through Parents
- Naturalization for Spouses of U.S. citizens
- Citizenship for Military personnel and Family members.
With US Citizenship you will be able to do the following:
- to vote;
- to bring your family members to the United States;
- to obtain citizenship for children born abroad;
- to travel with a U.S. passport;
- to become eligible for Federal jobs;
- to become elected official;
- to show your patriotism;
- to be free to express yourself.
Citizenship has not only benefits but it also requires some responsibilities. The most important responsibilities of a U.S. citizen are considered:
- Swear allegiance to the United States;
- Support and defend the Constitution of the U.S.;
- Serve the country when required;
- Participate in the democratic process;
- Participate in local community;
- Pay income and other taxes honestly and on time;
- Respect and obey laws;
- Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
If a person respects all these requirements he is considered a responsible citizen of the U.S.
If you want to get citizenship and don’t know what to do next don’t hesitate to come to Legal Bistro and find an immigration lawyer to help you to apply for a citizenship and finally to become an U.S. citizen.