The Benefits of Citizenship
Naturalization is the way immigrants become citizens of the United States. If you were not born a citizen, you must naturalize to become one.
There are some rights the Constitution gives only to citizens, like the right to vote. When you are naturalized, you will be given the right to vote.
Having a U.S. passport is another benefit of citizenship. A U.S. passport allows citizens the freedom to travel. As a U.S. citizen, one can exit and enter the U.S. without any regard to time spent out of the U.S. (unlike a permanent resident who must be careful not to abandon his status by leaving the U.S. for an extended period of time). In addition, citizens receive U.S. government protection and assistance when abroad.
Finally, A U.S. citizen can petition for the U.S. permanent residence for certain alien relatives that cannot be petitioned by a permanent resident.
Requirements for Naturalization
An Overview of the Naturalization Process
Frequently Asked Questions on Naturalization