There are many benefits to becoming a U.S. citizen, including:
A U.S. passport enables citizens to receive assistance from the U.S. government when traveling overseas.
U.S. citizens generally receive priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country.
In most cases, children born abroad to U.S. citizens are automatically U.S. citizens.
State universities offer significantly lower college tuition and fees to residents than to foreign students. For example, University of Florida’s 2014-2015 yearly tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state students is $6,310. For foreign students, it’s $28,588.
Many states have laws in place that benefit resident homeowners and protect them from rising taxes. For example, the Florida Homestead Exemption allows an exemption on the first $50,000 of a resident’s primary home’s assessed value. Furthermore, increases in assessment shall not exceed the lower of: a) 3% of assessed value from prior year; or b) percentage change in Consumer Price Index.
Certain jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.
Only U.S. citizens are permitted to run for federal office (U.S. Senate or House of Representatives) and for most State and local offices.
A U.S. citizen’s right to remain in the United States can generally not be taken away.
Many financial aid grants, including college scholarships and funds provided by the government, are available only to U.S. citizens.
Some government benefits are available only to U.S. citizens.
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