Your Rights and Responsibilities As a New U.S. Citizen

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Immigrants Sworn In As American Citizens At Naturalization Ceremony
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Becoming an American citizen with all the freedoms and opportunities this nation has to offer is the dream of many immigrants. Those who are fortunate enough to be in a position to pursue naturalization gain the same rights and privileges of citizenship as natural born American citizens save one: naturalized U.S. citizens are not eligible for the Office of the President of the United States.

With these new rights, citizenship also brings with is some important responsibilities.

As a new U.S. citizen, it is your duty to you give back to your adopted nation by fulfilling these responsibilities.

Rights of U.S. Citizens

  • Vote in federal elections
  • Serve on a jury
  • Bring family members to the United States
  • Obtain citizenship for children born abroad
  • Travel with a U.S. passport
  • Run for federal office
  • Become eligible for federal grants and scholarship

Responsibilities of U.S. Citizens

  • Support and defend the Constitution
  • Serve the country when required
  • Participate in the democratic process
  • Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws
  • Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others
  • Participate in your local community

Source: USCIS

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