You finally made it through the long immigration process to become a citizen Congratulations!! You are now able to take on the duties and benefits associated with this new status. This is a great achievement, and it comes with some perks. As a permanent resident for a while, you will already have a social security and a license but now you can also:
Get your passport. You will need to contact the passport agency and fill out the application and make an appointment so that you can travel like an American. This may mean that you will have dual citizenship with your home country so it will be beneficial for you to keep your foreign passport up to date. With an American passport, you can now travel to many countries without a visa through the Visa Waiver Program. This will make it easier when you travel internationally. You can also sign up for TSA PreCheck.
Immediately, after taking the oath and getting your citizenship certificate you will be eligible to vote. You want to register to vote and so that you can participate in the next election because this is your country now and you have a say on the policies that affect you and the rest of the country. This process will be simple and is one of the most rewarding parts of becoming a citizen.
If you have previously petitioned family members you can send the Naturalization certificate to the National Visa Center, and they will move your family member to a Citizen track which typically will cut the wait time for your family member.
Being a citizen also affords you the right to live outside the country for extended periods of time. To petition your siblings, apply for certain jobs that are limited to citizens within the federal government, and run for office (not President).
Overall, for most people, the biggest perk to becoming a citizen is the peace of mind of knowing that the life that you have created in this great country is safe and that no one can kick you out or rip your stability away from you.
Abraham Cepeda, Attorney at Law