Your Rights as a U.S. Citizen

  • You can vote for the politician of your choice and have full participation in United States democracy. Remember, as a voter, the politicians will listen to you.
  • You can run for any public office, except President and Vice President.
  • As a U.S. citizen, you are eligible for all state and federal jobs, and other jobs where U.S. citizenship is required.
  • You can protect yourself from government policy changes that target non-citizens, such as welfare and Supplemental Social Income.
  • Unlike other immigration papers, you never have to renew your citizenship certificate.
  • If your children are legal permanent residents, are unmarried, living in the United States and in your legal and physical custody, and are under 18 years of age when you naturalize, in most cases they also become citizens and receive benefits that all citizens are entitled to.
  • You can petition your family members to come to the United States. For example: your spouse, married and unmarried children, your parents, siblings, and fiancĂ©.
  • Finally, you have the privilege of traveling in and out of the United States more freely than a permanent resident, and you enjoy the benefits of holding a U.S. Passport.