Responsibilities as a U.S. citizen

Green Card holders gain new rights as well as responsibilities when they become U.S. citizens. Getting a U.S. citizenship also means agreeing to the responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen. Below, you will find out what it means to be an American.

Becoming a U.S. citizen means pledging your loyalty to the United States, respecting, supporting and defending the U.S. Constitution, and breaking ties with other countries. When becoming a U.S. citizen, you take on all the responsibilities of being an American citizen as well as all the rights.

Why become a U.s. citizen?

Green Card holders already share many of the same rights as U.S. citizens. There are, however, many reasons why you should consider becoming an American citizen. A few of those reasons are as followed:

  • Show your love for the country. Becoming a U.S. citizen express your love and respect for the United States of America.   
  • Voting. Only U.S. citizens are allowed to vote at a national level. Most states also limit the right to vote to U.S. citizens only.
  • Serve jury duty. Only U.S. citizens can be called for jury duty on a national level. Most states also limit the right to serve jury duty to U.S. citizens only. It is an important event as a U.S. citizen to be called for jury duty.
  • Traveling with U.S. passport. With a U.S. passport, it is possible to seek assistance from the U.S. government while in a foreign country.
  • Bring family to the USA: U.S. citizens generally get priority when applying for a permanent resident card for family members who want to come to the USA.
  • U.S. citizenship for children. In most cases, children born outside of the USA to an American citizen automatically get a U.S. citizenship.
  • Qualification for government jobs. Certain government jobs or public servant jobs are limited to U.S. citizens only.
  • To run as an elected official: Only U.S. citizens can run in national elections (e.g. Senate or House of Representatives) and there are restrictions for elections on the local level for non-citizens.
  • Right to live in the country. As a U.S. citizen, no one can take away your right to live in the United States of America.
  • Right to receive federal funding and scholarships: Much federal funding, e.g. scholarships or grants that are given for specific purposes by the government are limited to U.S. citizens.
  • Social welfare benefits. Some social welfare benefits are only available for U.S. citizens.