Becoming a U.S. citizen is more cost-effective than maintaining permanent resident status, as USCIS filing fees for naturalization are significantly less expensive in the long term. The current USCIS fee for replacing or renewing a green card is $540, while the one-time fee for the naturalization application is $725. While the short-term costs are higher, U.S. citizenship is a lifetime investment, meaning you won’t have to pay another USCIS fee again.
U.S. citizens enjoy VIP service when traveling abroad and helping family members immigrate, with unlimited immediate relative immigrant visas. This allows them to help family members immigrate faster than permanent residents but has long wait times. Citizens can petition a married child, parent, or sibling, and a child born abroad to U.S. citizen parents can acquire U.S. citizenship at birth. A U.S. passport offers numerous benefits, including entry into most countries without hassle, visa waivers for certain countries, and assistance from the American government when overseas.
The U.S. government can revoke permanent residency for various reasons, including deportation or expensive problems renewing a green card. Customs & Border Protection officers can refuse entry, and discrepancies can cause inconvenience. Citizenship is good for life, as it cannot be revoked unless there is substantial evidence of a crime against the state.
𝑶𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝑩𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒇𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝑪𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒛𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑
• Becoming Eligible for Federal Jobs
• Becoming an Elected Official
• Showing Your Patriotism
• Financial Aid