Top 6 Benefits of United States Citizenship
PROTECTION FROM DEPORTATION
CITIZENSHIP FOR YOUR CHILDREN
ELIGIBILITY FOR GOVERNMENT JOBS
FREEDOM TO TRAVEL
ABILITY TO VOTE
U.S Program Benefits
One of the main benefits for anyone looking to immigrate from Hong Kong through is that currently there is no visa backlog for individuals born in Hong Kong. The U.S. Department of State (USCIS) considers Hong Kong separate from Mainland China for the purpose of visa allocation. Therefore, Hong Kong born nationals are not subject to Mainland China’s backlog which is about 16-year long.
THE RIGHTS OF A U.S. CITIZEN AFTER NATURALIZATION
You cannot be deported to your country of former citizenship or nationality. You’ll have just as much right as any other American to live and work in the United States. Even if you’re charged with a crime in the future, you’ll be able to stay in the United States. (Although recent news reports have indicated that the U.S. government plans to pursue more “denaturalizations” based on prior criminal offenses, this should not affect the vast majority of naturalized U.S. citizens.)
You can travel with one of the most powerful passports in the world. Applying for a U.S. passport after receiving your Certificate of Naturalization is a major benefit of U.S. citizenship. With a U.S. passport, you can travel to more than 180 destinations for short-term trips without a visa, take as many trips abroad as you want for as long as you want, and seek assistance from the local U.S. embassy during times of trouble.
You can obtain federal benefits available only to U.S. citizens. Upon naturalizing, you’ll gain full access to certain government benefits programs, such as federal college assistance available only to U.S. citizens.
You can apply for a green card for your relatives. You’ll be able to sponsor your parents, adult children, and siblings for their own green cards.
Your children automatically become U.S. citizens — even if they’re born abroad. You’ll simply need to report your child’s birth to a U.S. embassy or consulate.
You no longer have to deal with immigration paperwork. You won’t need to renew your green card or pay immigration filing fees. You also won’t have to notify USCIS every time you move.
You can apply for jobs with the U.S. government. Most federal employment is reserved only for U.S. citizens. Although every job has its pros and cons, federal employees and their families tend to receive relatively better benefits and earnings than private-sector workers.
You can vote in any U.S. election. Only U.S. citizens can vote in federal elections. Non-citizens may only vote in some local elections. If you want to influence leadership in your community or in the United States overall, the voting booth is the place to start.
You can run for elected office. U.S. citizenship is required for federal office and for most positions in public office at the state and local levels.