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Becoming a U.S. Citizen

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Education for Justice
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What do I get as a citizen?

Here are some things to know if you are thinking about becoming a U.S. citizen. When you become a U.S. citizen you get these things:

  • The right to vote.
  • You can leave and re-enter the country more easily.
  • You can usually help family members come to live in the U.S. more quickly.
  • Your children under 18 often become U.S. citizens automatically.
  • You can’t be deported. Non-citizens who commit crimes can be deported in many cases.
  • You can apply for jobs in the federal government.
  • Better rights with some welfare programs like MFIP and SSI.
  • You can get a U.S. passport.
  • You can often get better customer service when visiting U.S. embassies.