Once your citizenship process is complete, you can enjoy the benefits and engage in the responsibilities that come with being a U.S. citizen.
- Register to vote: Being a U.S. citizen allows you to vote and have your voice heard in the democratic process. You can make a difference on issues that are important to you and your family by participating in elections.
- Apply for a U.S. passport: Travel is so much easier with a U.S. passport. Not only do you get through customs much faster when returning to the U.S., but there are also no restrictions on how long you can live or travel outside of the U.S. If you need help when you are overseas, you can also ask for help from the U.S. consulate.
- Benefits: As a citizen, you are eligible for public benefits such as Medicare and Supplemental Security Income without restrictions. Many financial grants and college scholarships also become available to you.
- Connect with your community: Many new citizens feel an increased sense of belonging and connection. If you would like to help others start down the path to U.S. citizenship, volunteer at a New Citizen Campaign workshop.
- Participate in the government: U.S. citizens can run for public office, and can apply for government jobs.
“It happened on a Saturday. I came home and saw the letter from Homeland Security. I opened it and, boom, it says, “You are invited to come in on May 12 to take your oath to get naturalized.” I took a picture and sent it to everyone I know. It’s like graduating from high school, but more awesome.”
Lourdes Nillas and Felix Nillas Jr.
“We received our ballot Thursday, July 14th. Before we had received our voter pamphlets and reviewed that. Using the pamphlets, we read the information for every candidate to select whom we believed was best qualified and proficient. We voted that night and Monday we turned in the ballot. We are looking forward to the November election. We always pray for good governance for the U.S. since this is already our country.”
Still have questions? Check out these helpful resources below.
Eight Lesser-Known Benefits of U.S. Citizenship (New America Media)