Benefits of Being An American Citizen

America is known for being the land of milk and honey, of course, that is figuratively speaking, but why do a lot of people want to go to America, and why is it one of the most desired dreams to catch? Being a part of this nation is such a sought-after status that makes everyone clamor and would do everything just to reach that ultimate American dream.  Getting a green card is just the start of being a part of everyone’s dream fulfillment but the ultimate is getting the citizenship that proves you are part of one of the most powerful and most influential countries in the world.

After staying in the US for 5 years as a Legal permanent resident or 3 years for those who are married to a US citizen, an immigrant with legal status can apply for naturalization. Once the naturalization has been granted, the newly naturalized citizen has the following benefits.

Let us count some of the benefits or advantages of being a part of this first-world country.

  1. Can apply for a US passport or the eagle passport, and with this passport, a US Citizen can travel to 174 countries and territories visa-free or with a visa on arrival.
  2. Can vote during election
  3. Can petition family members
  4. Automatic citizenship to your children under 18 years of age
  5. Access to public benefits
  6. Can work on any government job, except of course being the president of the USA
  7. You can retire anywhere in the world without losing your retirement income.
  8. Dual Citizenship can be obtained.

Besides the known benefits of being a US citizen, there are unwritten rules when you are an eagle passport holder. We all know that US citizens can travel to 174 countries visa-free or on arrival, but from what I have seen and experienced, being an American citizen can have “extra benefits”.

  • Immigration officials are nicer to you, they will not give you the hard time being questioned about your possible stay in certain countries.
  • when people find out that you are an American citizen you tend to be treated extra special by the locals.
  • there are some people who see you as intelligent, confident, and wealthy, so you can get away by just wearing a T-shirt and shorts out in the public.
  • So many people want to marry you LOL (so better be careful about who you are dealing with, they can be extra nice just because you are an American)
  • when you are in a different country, you feel safe and secure because you know the US consulate will take care of you in case there is a problem that arises.
  • if you decide to live temporarily or permanently in a different country, you can apply for any loans or can purchase anything just because they think you came from a wealthy country and there is a bigger chance of getting approved.
  • when things get worse than planned you can always go back to the US and start all over again without applying for a re-entry.
  • of course, your money’s value is always bigger outside the US, well with the exception of the UK.
  • Sounds cocky, but walking with a US passport in an airport is always an envious position to those who are non-citizens.

These are just my opinion according to my own observation, so it may be inaccurate to some people, but I would not post any other way. How about you?  What do you think are the benefits of being an American citizen? Feel free to write down your comment below or if I have missed on “unwritten benefits” please feel free to write it down and let us start a conversation.

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