The Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen

The Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen

Some of the privileges include voting in federal elections and access to government jobs


WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Every year some 700,000 people become U.S. citizens at naturalization ceremonies across the country.

By taking the Oath of Allegiance new citizens pledge to be faithful to the Constitution and to serve their new country when needed. In exchange they will enjoy many of the benefits and privileges of being a United States citizen, including the following:

Bringing Family Members

U.S. citizens can help overseas family members legally immigrate to the United States. In fact, the relatives of citizens are generally given priority by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Also, children under age 18 are automatically given U.S. citizenship when their parents become citizens.

Right to Vote

Direct participation in democratic elections is one of the most important privileges that this country offers its citizens. Only U.S. citizens have the right to vote in federal elections and to be candidates in most local, state and federal elections.

International protection

The United States protects its citizens abroad through its embassies and consulates. The U.S. government assists citizens who are victims of crime overseas and provides assistance to U.S. citizens abroad in the case of international disasters or emergencies.

Access to More Jobs

The federal government is one of the biggest employers in the world and offers many job opportunities in a wide range of industries. Job openings are published on USA However, the majority of federal jobs require that the applicant be a U.S. citizen.

Participating in a Federal Jury

One of the most important civic responsibilities of citizenship is participating in a federal jury. Members of the jury help determine the innocence or guilt of the accused. Federal jurors are selected at random from databases such as voting and driver license lists.

More Student Aid

The federal government has different types of financial assistance for students, including scholarships and grants that are open exclusively to U.S. citizens.

Watch a video to learn more about the benefits of becoming a US citizen ( and are the U.S. Government’s official web portals in English and Spanish, and part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). This article was produced with the help of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.


The Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen