U.S. Citizenship is an important designation.
It bestows on the Citizen many rights. Some of these rights include the right to vote, the right to apply for government employment, the right to run for elective office, and other rights. One very important right for Permanent Residents, seeking U.S. Citizenship particularly during the Trump Presidency, is the right to sponsor immediate family members, which is presently defined as spouses, children, and parents, for Legal Permanent Residence. This can also under the certain circumstances qualifications include step or adoptive children. This benefit of Citizenship is very important because it can expedite the process greatly. If a beneficiary (the person seeking Permanent Residence) falls within one of the foregoing categories, he/she does not have to wait until their priority date (usually, date on which their sponsor submits a relative petition) becomes current. Becomes current simply means that it is their turn in line to apply for Permanent Residence. It can also be beneficial to a spouse or prospective spouse who entered the U.S. with inspection (typically with a valid U.S. Visa and was inspected at the border or point of entry) and overstayed or worked illegally or both. This is a significant benefit to many couples.
Legal Permanent Residents are more easily deportable.
A problem with a tax return or immigration violation or criminal offense could under the right circumstances lead to a deportation proceeding. When one is a U.S. Citizen, they have much more protection. One’s Citizenship status would have to be revoked to loses the various rights and privileges one may have as a Citizen.
The Trump Administration is focusing on deporting undocumented (illegal) immigrants who have committed criminal offenses. This may not worry many undocumented immigrants who are here illegally because they believe that they have not committed any crimes. However, the mere fact that they are here illegally, whether by entering the U.S. without a visa or inspection or overstaying a valid visa with inspection is illegal in that it violates Immigration Law. This is a crime. The issue becomes how the Trump Administration will interpret the word criminal or crimes. Presently, the Administration seems to be focused on violent crimes (i.e., rape, murder, assault, etc.). However, a woman who was an illegal alien with a conviction for the felony of Identity Theft was recently deported. The fact that she had two U.S. born children did not help her stay in the U.S. People wonder whether the Administration’s net will broaden to include DACA participants and others.
Becoming a U.S. Citizen through Naturalization is something worth considering. It may not be right for everyone. You may want to read my article, entitled, “Benefits of U.S. Citizenship,” by clicking on this link: https://asktheimmigrationlawyer.com/benefits-of-becoming-a-us-citizen/.
You may also want to visit my U.S. Citizenship web page:
https://asktheimmigrationlawyer.com/citizenship/ which briefly talks about the requirements. Becoming a U.S. Citizen offers many benefits. However, one must look at one’s past and history to see if there is anything which might prevent the person from becoming a U.S. Citizen (i.e., certain types of crimes, time spent outside the U.S., etc.) or, even, worse losing one’s Permanent Resident Status and being facing deportation. You can speak with me by calling (818) 963-8238 for a free, telephone consultation, if you are interested in becoming a U.S. or Legal Permanent Resident and would like legal representation.