The Constitution and laws of the United States give many rights to both citizens and non-citizens living in the United States. However, some rights are only for citizens, such as:

• Voting. Only U.S. citizens can vote in Federal elections. Most States also restrict the right to vote, in most elections, to U.S. citizens.

• Bringing family members to the United States. Citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country.

• Obtaining citizenship for children born abroad. In most cases, a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen.

• Traveling with a U.S. passport. A U.S. passport allows you to get assistance from the U.S. government when overseas.

• Becoming eligible for Federal jobs. Most jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.

• Becoming an elected official. Many elected offices in this country require U.S. citizenship.

• Showing your patriotism. In addition, becoming a U.S. citizen is a way to demonstrate your commitment to your new country.

The above list does not include all the benefits of citizenship, only some of the more important ones.

If you have questions about your qualification for citizenship or permanent residency status, call us today at: 571-766-6860.

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