There has been much ado about the “crisis at the Border” wherein there are literally thousands of people from other Countries attempting to enter the United States. I thought we might take a look at how one goes about the process of “naturalization” to become an American Citizen.
A US Citizenship Application Form N-400 is used for obtaining US citizenship. Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card holders as they are known) over the age of 18 who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for US citizenship. Lawful Permanent residents whose Green Card has been valid for the prior 5 years can file for US citizenship. You can follow thru the US immigration process to attain citizenship. If you are married to a US citizen, you may apply for US citizenship after 3 years with a valid Green Card. There are exceptions. If an applicant has served in the United States Armed Forces during war, that individual may obtain citizenship without first becoming a permanent resident if he or she was in the United States upon enlistment into the US military. A form N-400 (US Citizenship Application) is the required form; it must be filed along with photos and supporting documents. According to Immigration and Naturalization, becoming a US citizen has many advantages. Specifically they are:
…Right to vote: The ability to elect the leaders of this nation is an exclusive right of US citizens. Becoming one of them gives you the right to vote in federal elections.
…Reunite with family already in the United States: To promote family unity, US citizens and legal residents are allowed to petition for certain qualified relatives to come and live permanently in the United States
…Obtain citizenship for children born abroad: If you are a US citizen and your child was born outside of the Country, he or she could become a US citizen automatically.
…Ability to travel freely across US borders: As a US citizen the amount of time spent outside of the country is not restricted. Permanent Residents, on the other hand, may lose their status if they leave the country for a certain period of time.
…Collect benefits: Take advantage of US benefits like Social Security and Medicare. …Become a Federal employee: To be eligible for most federal jobs you need to be a US citizen. The Department finishes its “welcome” message by stating: “You decided to commit to the journey of immigration to the USA. Complete it.”
That’s all for now.