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Four More Benefits of U.S. Citizenship

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Darien, CT U.S. citizenship attorneyIn a previous post, we explained four benefits of U.S. citizenship. Here are four more benefits of taking the next step beyond lawful permanent resident (LPR) status to become a naturalized citizen

1. Gain Access to Federal Government Jobs

Agencies of the U.S. federal government (excluding the Postal Service) employ roughly 1.8 million full-time civilian workers throughout the country. Most federal government jobs require U.S. citizenship. 

Are you wondering if an LPR can serve in the United States military? The answer is yes, but opportunities may be limited due to security clearance requirements. 

2. Improve the Chances of Being Hired

It is illegal for employers with three or more employees to discriminate against you based on your citizenship or immigration status when making hiring, firing, or other employment decisions. Still, given the choice between two people with similar qualifications, some hiring managers will prefer to hire a U.S. citizen over an LPR on the assumption that a citizen will be a more reliable and stable employee. They may worry about the possibility that an LPR may have to suddenly return to their home country for an extended period of time for family reasons, or that an immigrant may choose to move back to their home country permanently. 

3. Gain the Right to Vote

If you plan to make the U.S. your long-term home, you probably want to have a say in the political process. It is illegal for non-citizens to vote in U.S. federal and state elections, even if they have had a green card for many years. Municipal governments may choose to allow noncitizens to vote in their elections for city officials, but very few do. By becoming a citizen, you will be eligible to vote in all local, state, and national elections.

4. Become Eligible to Run for an Elected Office

Only a U.S. citizen is eligible to run for an elected office and become a U.S. Senator or Congressman, a governor, or a member of a state legislature. It is becoming more common for first-generation immigrants to the United States to want to run for political office, as they hope to influence policy on issues like immigration, education, and healthcare. Currently, people of Latino and Asian background make up over 20% of the population but hold less than 2% of elected positions in the U.S.  

Contact an Experienced Stamford Family Immigration Attorney

If you are ready to become a U.S. citizen and want to proceed through the process as quickly and smoothly as possible, consult a knowledgeable Fairfield County immigration lawyer. Gonzalez Law Office, LLC has been helping families with immigration and naturalization applications for over 15 years. Contact us at 203-323-1440.





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