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Citizenship

There are many reasons to become a citizen of the United States. Citizenship affects your career choices.

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Do you want to become a citizen of the United States? Did you know you can apply for more jobs if you are a citizen? Other benefits are listed below.

1. What Is Citizenship?

Citizenship is a legal status. When you become a citizen of the United States, you have legal rights and duties.

  • You can vote.
  • Your children can become citizens.
  • You can serve on a jury.
  • You can travel with a U.S. passport.
  • You can bring family members to the United States.
  • You can run for public office.
  • You can apply for government jobs.

2. How Can I Become a Citizen?

You can take citizenship classes to help you learn how to become a citizen. The classes will also help you prepare for the citizenship test.

Here are a few facts about becoming a citizen:

  • You must have lived legally in the United States for five years.
  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • You must be able to speak, read, and write English.
  • You must pass a U.S. history and government test.

3. How Does Citizenship Affect Your Career Choices?

When you become a citizen, it can help your career.

  • You can apply for federal jobs, such as with the postal service or government agency jobs.
  • You show that you are stable and plan to stay in the United States.
  • You show that you can speak, read, and write English.
  • You show initiative. You are able to have a goal and complete it.
  • Your employer does not have to worry about your legal status.

To find out about citizenship classes, contact your local Adult Basic Education center.