Naturalization empowers individuals with rights and duties and puts immigrants on an equal footing with US-born citizens.
Naturalization allows immigrants to:
- vote in national, state, and local elections
- be protected from deportation
- travel with a US passport
- access all federal government jobs
- petition for visas for their immediate relatives without getting in a queue
- can access all government benefits just as US-born citizens can.
The sense of security that comes with American citizenship and a commitment to one’s adopted home can lead to increased productivity and long-term investments in the receiving country, such as buying a house or opening up a business.