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Key Differences Between A Green Card And U.S. Citizenship

A green card allows you to live and work in the U.S. but does not provide all the rights and privileges of being an American citizen. Understanding these differences can help you take the best step for your immigration to the United States.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the key differences between having a green card and becoming naturalized as an American citizen and the significance of each one of them.

What’s A Green Card?

It’s an official document issued by the United States government that grants a foreign national the right to live and work permanently in the country. Part of the rights and privileges of green card holders includes access to healthcare, social security, and voter registration in certain states.

What’s A U.S. Citizenship?

The naturalization process for U.S. citizenship gives you the right to live and work in the United States and several other benefits, such as voting in federal elections, access to certain government jobs, and eligibility for social services like welfare and health care.

Green Cards Vs. U.S. Citizenship

One main difference between a green card and citizenship is that green card holders are not allowed to vote. Therefore, they can’t hold certain government positions, such as military or law enforcement jobs. They’re also subject to deportation if convicted of certain criminal offenses. In addition, they may be barred from entry into the U.S. if they travel outside the country for extended periods.

On the other hand, citizens are granted all the rights and privileges that come with being an American, including voting in federal elections, running for office, and access to certain government jobs. Additionally, U.S. citizens are afforded privileges such as the ability to travel freely within and outside of the country as well as sponsor other individuals for immigration.

Considerations & Pathways To Obtain Them

The most common way to obtain a green card is through family-based relationships or employment. Either way, you’ll need to fill out an application form according to your needs to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility requirements.

To become a U.S. citizen, you must go through the naturalization process. This requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of U.S. civics, history, and government and pass a background check to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Get All Your Questions Answered With Presti Law Firm

As someone in the application process, you aspire to be well-prepared for any circumstances. It can be difficult to understand the legal implications associated with your application, which can make you doubtful of your process.

Fortunately, Presti Law Firm is ready to face any concerns you may have about your immigration process. We provide expert legal assistance to ensure you have all the information needed to make the best decision. Contact us today to get all your questions answered.

 

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