“E Pluribus Unum” – Out of Many, One. This inscription on the Great Seal of the United States is enough to describe the country’s policy on immigration. Throughout the history of this great country, immigrants have moved in seeking better life prospects and have flourished here and in the process, have strengthened the nation as well. Electing to become a citizen of the United States brings along responsibilities, along with its rewards and privileges. Being a citizen of the United States has its benefits.
Only citizens of the country, who are above the age of 18, without any felony record can vote in Federal Elections.
Bringing family members to the U.S :
Citizens of the United States who have their family living abroad can petition and bring their family members permanently into the country. Citizens of the U.S are generally given priority while applying for family members to brought into the country.
Citizenship for children born abroad :
Children born to two U.S citizens automatically becomes a citizen, in most cases. When one parent is a citizen of the U.S, there are certain conditions that warrants citizenship to a child, that the citizen parent must be a U.S citizen when the child is born, and they must have lived in the U.S for at least 5 years before the child is born, out of which 2 years must be above the age of 14. For a child born abroad, he/she must be registered with the local U.S embassy or consulate in the country of birth as proof of citizenship by the parents.
Travel with U.S passport :
The U.S passport opens the door to many countries during travel. Many countries do not require a prior application or visa for U.S citizens, making travel easy and less complicated. It also allows the holder to get assistance from the U.S embassy which represents the government during any kind of crisis while outside the U.S soil.
Eligibility for Federal jobs :
Any job associated with the government agencies requires its employees to be citizens of the country who have pledged their allegiance to this nation.
Becoming an Elected Official :
It goes without saying, any elected representative of the people must first be a citizen to vote in elections to choose a representative or get elected.
Showing Patriotism :
Demonstrating dedication and commitment towards the United States by supporting and defending the Constitution and the laws of the country and serve the country when duty calls.