Why is Citizenship Better than a Green Card?

Why is Citizenship Better than a Green Card?

Next question comes from Pedro Estevez.
What’s the main benefit or benefits to becoming a citizen rather than just
keeping my green card? You know that’s an excellent question one of the biggest
benefits that I’m aware of is that as a u.s. citizen you can get a u.s. passport
with the u.s. passport you can travel to quite a few countries without obtaining
a visa so to me that’s probably one of the bigger benefits you can also vote in
our country you know as a citizen and so that’s that’s the two biggest things
that I’m aware of yeah and also there’s kind of related to
what Rick mentioned about the passport if you’re on a green card no matter how
long you’ve been here you could be here 15 years if you’ve still got a green
card you you you you know unless you get unless you get a travel advance parole
you really can’t leave the country for extended periods of time now if you have
no plans of leaving that then that’s irrelevant but if you want to go back to
your country and stay a year really if you hold a green card and you leave the
country after about six months you’re gonna have a little little resistance
getting back in after a year they’re gonna consider you’re out of the country
on a green card they’re gonna consider you’ve abandoned it and now you’re
starting all over so if you want to go back home a parent gets sick and you
want to take care of them you want to go back to your country to go to school or
something and stay an extended period of time then you absolutely want to
naturalize first if you’re eligible because then you can stay out in
whatever twenty years doesn’t matter so so that’s another big benefit and and
believe me we see a lot of cases where people had no intention of leaving but
they do you know mom gets sick it seems critical you go to the country and it
turns out it’s a long lingering illness and and a year and a half later you know
unfortunately mom’s pass or got better or something and now you want to come
back and and you’ve lost your green card because you stayed out too long so so
you know that’s some of the considerations like Rick says and then
you know another consideration that hopefully doesn’t doesn’t apply to you
but a green card can always be revoked it doesn’t
doesn’t happen often but it can happen and we’re naturally seen can so if you
have us if your citizen if you become a citizen you naturalize and of course
everything’s honest now obviously if you commit fraud on the naturalization
process they can revoke it and it has happened but if if you did a straight-up
citizenship everything’s legit you’re a citizen now for life unless you choose
voluntarily to revoke it green card holders not the case any felony you
commit you could you could go to prison and then they could kick you out of the
country and again it doesn’t happen often but it definitely happens and it
can’t happen so you know there’s several good reasons to do it I haven’t heard a
good reason not to do it really although there may be some out there but I would
do it it’s you know it’s the it’s a little money involved for the fee but
the test is pretty simple the little civics tests that give you
and and if you speak English you’re really not gonna have any problem my
advice would be go do it as soon as you can so you’re not worried about it
you’d mentioned a family also a nice benefit to become a citizen is that you
can petition for your family members even if they’re over age 21 as long as
they’re unmarried you know you you can actually even if they’re married once
you become a citizen you can petition for just about any family even though
yeah that’s right and only a citizen can petition a parent so if you’re a green
card holder you can never bring your parents here and only a citizen can do a
k1 visa a green card holder cannot petition a fiance so there’s a couple of
other benefits you know and and there are certain government jobs you can’t
get unless you’re citizens so that you know there’s really again there’s a lot
of good reasons to do it I would do it if you have the means and and I would
definitely just do it get it behind you.


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    Before you become a U.S. citizen, you need to be 100% sure you will never want to live in another country. Thanks to Obama, more and more U.S. expats are renouncing citizenship. If you have never heard of FATCA, google it. It has created endless nightmares for an estimated nine million Americans living outside the U.S.

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