Welcome to the United States A Guide for New Immigrants
1. Why Become a US Citizen? Name three of the twelve reasons given.
• Showing your patriotism. Becoming a citizen is a way to demonstrate your commitment to your new country.
• Voting. Only citizens can vote in federal elections. Most states also restrict the right to vote, in most elections, to U.S. citizens.
• Serving on a jury. Only U.S. citizens can serve on a federal jury. Most states also restrict jury service to U.S. citizens. Serving on a jury is an important responsibility for U.S. citizens.
• Traveling with a U.S. passport. A U.S. passport enables you to get assistance from the U.S. government when overseas, if necessary.
• Bringing family members to the U.S. U.S. citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country.
• Obtaining citizenship for children born abroad. In most cases, a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen.
• Becoming eligible for federal jobs. Certain jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.
• Becoming an elected official. Only citizens can run for federal office (U.S. Senate or House of Representatives) and for most state and local offices.
• Keeping your residency. A U.S. citizen’s right to remain in the United States cannot be taken away.
• Becoming eligible for federal grants and scholarships. Many financial aid grants, including college scholarships and funds given by the government for specific purposes, are available only to U.S. citizens.
• Obtaining government benefits. Some government benefits are available only to U.S. citizens.
2. What is the process of becoming a US citizen called?
3. What are the six general requirements you must meet to become a US Citizen?
The general requirements for naturalization are:
- Live in the U.S. as a permanent resident for a specific amount of time (Continuous Residence).
- Be present in the U.S. for specific time periods (Physical Presence).
- Spend specific amounts of time in your state or USCIS district (Time in State or USCIS District).
- Behave in a legal and acceptable manner (Good Moral Character).
- Know English and information about U.S. history and government (English and Civics).
- Understand and accept the principles of the U.S. Constitution (Attachment to the Constitution).
Becoming a US Citizen: An Overview of the Naturalization Process Movie
- To be eligible for naturalization what must you do?
- File an application, take the test, and live in the United States for five years or three years if married to a US Citizen.
2. List two of the items the video says you must do to be eligible for naturalization.
- Pay Income tax
- Sign up for selective service
- Let USCIS know if you move
- Maintain US residence
- Maintain physical presence in the United States
3. List two of the items the video says you must not do to be eligible for naturalization.
- Avoid behavior that is not of good moral character
- Don’t lie
- Don’t commit a crime