Why Become a United States Citizen?

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U.S. Citizenship and the Naturalization Process

LIRC LogoBecoming a U.S. citizen is a very important decision. Permanent residents have most of the rights of U.S. citizens. However, there are many important reasons to consider U.S. citizenship. When you become a citizen, you will receive all the rights of citizenship. You also accept all of the responsibilities of being an American.

Begin your citizenship process TODAY by calling the Littleton Immigrant Resources Center at 303-795-3968 or 303-795-3915!

As a citizen you can:

  • Vote. Only citizens can vote in federal elections. Most states also restrict the right to vote, in most elections, to U.S. citizens.
  • Serve 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.
  • Travel with a U.S. passport. A U.S. passport enables you to get assistance from the U.S.
    government when overseas, if necessary.
  • Bring family members to the United States. U.S. citizens generally get priority when
    petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country.
  • Obtain citizenship for children under 18 years of age. In most cases, a child born abroad to
    a U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen. Your child may have access to more college scholarships as a U.S. Citizen!
  • Apply for federal jobs. Certain jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.
  • Become an elected official. Only citizens can run for federal office (U.S. Senate or House of
    Representatives) and for most state and local offices.
  • Keep your residency. A U.S. citizen’s right to remain in the United States cannot be taken
  • Become 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.
  • Obtain government benefits. Some government benefits are available only to U.S. citizens.

Naturalization Requirements:

Before you apply for naturalization, you must meet a few requirements. Depending on your situation, there are different requirements that may apply to you. However, generally, an applicant for naturalization must:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • Be a permanent resident (have a “Green Card”) for at least 5 years (or 3 years if married to a United States Citizen).
  • Have lived within the state or USCIS district with jurisdiction over your place of residence for at least 3 months prior to the date of filing Form N-400.
  • Have continuous residence in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing Form N-400.
  • Be physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing Form N-400.
  • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
  • Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).
  • Be a person of good moral character.
  • Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution.  

Local USCIS Contact Information

Denver Field Office — 12484 East Weaver Place, Centennial, CO 80111

In order to visit USCIS or speak with an Immigration Information Officer, you must have an appointment scheduled by USCIS, or you must schedule an INFOPASS appointment, on the USCIS website.

You can also call USCIS toll-free at 1-800-375-5283 for automated information and live assistance concerning immigration services and benefits. Please see the USCIS website for additional details.