Sunday, September 11, 2011

Top Ten Reasons to be a Citizen

Why should I be a US citizen? Here are our top 10 reasons

Becoming a US Citizen allows you to:
  1. Vote in national, state and local elections,
  2. Travel with a US passport
  3. Sponsor relatives for permanent resident status in the US
  4. Government benefits – some permanent residents cannot receive the same public benefits as citizens
  5. Apply for federal jobs – certain types of gov’t agencies require US citizenship
  6. Run for office – many elected positions require the officeholder to be a US citizen
  7. Tax consequences – citizens are treated different than permanent residents, especially when it comes to estate taxes
  8. Federal grants- many are only open to US citizens
  9. Deportation – after you become a citizen it is very rare that you will be threatened with deportation if you run into criminal problems
  10. Guaranteed Re-entry to the United States After Traveling Abroad: After leaving the U.S. for more than 180 days Permanent Residents can lose their green card upon attempted re-entry if the Port of Entry determines that the green card has been abandoned. While a immigration atty can obtain a re-entry permit for green card holders, which allows a Permanent Resident to travel abroad for up to two years without “abandoning” his/her U.S. residence. Citizens can come and go as they please.
If you would like to speak to an Attorney about applying for Naturalization contact our offices at 215-992-9662.  

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