10 Things You Must Know About Citizenship

  1. Low-income applicants can apply for a fee waiver and receive citizenship for free. In 2007, USCIS increased the naturalization application fee about 85%, from $320 to the current rate of $680. Cost is one of the biggest obstacles for immigrants looking to apply for citizenship.
  2. The English requirement is also often a deterrent for many immigrants but there are waivers and exemptions to this requirement, such as medical waivers for those with disabilities and exemptions for long-time green card holders over the age of 50.
  3. You must be of “Good Moral Character” to become a U.S. citizen. Many things effect Good Moral Character including crimes, marriages, paying taxes, child support and alimony, as well as acts. 
  4. Citizens can vote thereby having an effect on the laws and regulations that govern them, this is crucial if we want to see immigrant friendly policies.
  5. Citizens can travel freely without restrictions, a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) cannot leave the U.S. for more than 6 months at a time.
  6. Citizens receive less scrutiny when returning home after a trip abroad, LPRs are inspected and must be admitted.
  7. Our judicial system treats citizens and LPRs differently, there are double consequences to crimes for LPRs, including deportation. 
  8. Citizens can reunite their families by sponsoring their children regardless of age or marital status, their parents, and siblings.
  9. Job opportunities and salaries are increased for citizens who in turn have greater spending power.
  10. Citizens take an oath of loyalty to support and defend the constitution of the U.S., increasing patriotism.