Why Lawful Permanent Residence is Inadequate, and You Should Apply for U.S Citizenship!

Attorneys constantly recommend that Lawful Permanent Residents apply for U.S. citizenship once they have lived in the U.S. for the requisite length of time and are otherwise eligible to apply for citizenship. There are several good reasons why a person would want to remain in the U.S. as a Lawful Permanent Resident and not apply for U.S. citizenship (a process called “Naturalization”). By way of example, one reason is that some foreign nationals will lose their native citizenship once they naturalize and become U.S. citizens, and they will thereafter be taxed unfavorably upon inheriting assets back in their respective native countries. Another example is that some foreign nationals will lose their native citizenship and never be able to regain it in the future, even if they renounced their U.S. citizenship. However, for most Lawful Permanent Residents of the U.S., there is usually no good reason to refrain from applying for U.S. citizenship, and it could actually be detrimental to delay filing such an application. Lawful Permanent Residents who are falsely accused of certain crimes (including domestic violence), can be subject to removal/deportation if the false accusations are somehow substantiated and upheld in a court. #UScitizenship #Citizenship #Naturalization #USCIS #Immigration #ICE


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