Congratulations on Becoming a U.S. Citizen

After taking the oath and becoming a Unites States Citizen (USC), it is important to be aware of the newfound rights and responsibilities that come along with Citizenship.

All American citizens enjoy the following rights: freedom of expression and worship, right to vote in elections, right to a just and speedy trial, ability to apply for federal employment, and of course the freedom of “life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The rights guaranteed to individuals who are citizens by choice and by birth also come with responsibilities that they are expected to uphold. Responsibilities include: participating in a democracy, respecting the beliefs and opinions of others, reporting for jury duty, paying taxes, supporting the local community, and being ready to defend the country if the need arises.

Now that you are a citizen, it is also important to make sure you update your Social Security Record because it establishes your eligibility to receive benefits and obtain a job. You can call 1-800-772-1213 or visit www.socialsecurity.gov to locate the nearest office but remember to make sure you bring your Certificate of Naturalization or Passport with you.

If you do not have a U.S. passport but would like one, you are eligible to apply for one now that you are a U.S. citizen. For information on how to apply visit: www.Travel.State.Gov.

Additionally, if you have a child who is younger than 18 years old on the day you were naturalized, they automatically acquire your citizenship status and you may apply for a U.S. passport for them as well.

U.S. citizens can also petition for relatives to become lawful permanent residents by becoming their sponsor. For more information visit: www.uscis.gov/howdoi or contact MVP Law Group.