Many immigrants aspire to become United States citizens. Becoming a U.S. citizen gives one greater rights and benefits than mere lawful residence (LPR status). These include:

  1. The right to vote
  2. The right to sponsor family for legal status
  3. The right to a U.S. passport with no travel restrictions
  4. Unlike an LPR, a citizen cannot lose immigration status due to criminal arrests or convictions

There are two ways for people not born in the United States to gain citizenship:

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If you are a current visa holder and wish to become a citizen, first learn more about becoming a legal permanent resident.

If you are currently here unlawfully but dream of one day becoming a citizen, find out more about our help for illegal aliens.

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