Are you a new U.S. Citizen?
It is our pleasure to warmly welcome you to this new stage of your life. You are now part of America’s vibrant history as a country built by diverse cultures and backgrounds. After you have completed your emotional naturalization ceremony and obtained your certificate, we provide you with essential guidance on actions to take to take full advantage of your new status.
1. Participation in the Electoral Process:
Congratulations, you now have the right and responsibility to vote in U.S. elections. Register to vote and make your voice heard in decision making. The vote.gov website provides instructions on how to register in your state. You can fill out the Voter Registration Form online, by mail or in person – contribute to your nation’s future!
2. Securing Your Identity with a Passport:
In addition to your naturalization certificate, a U.S. passport certifies your new citizenship. Obtain this valuable identification through the U.S. Department of State. Visit their website for requirements and processes.
3. Keeping Your Records Current:
Visit a local Social Security office to update your file with your current status. Keeping your Social Security number (SSN) correct is essential to obtaining employment and benefits.
4. Securing Citizenship for Your Children:
If you have children under the age of 18 who automatically acquired citizenship, consider applying for a certificate of citizenship by filing Form N-600. This document will be invaluable in the future for your children.
5. Helping Relatives Obtain Permanent Residence:
As a citizen, you have the privilege of applying for permanent residency for certain family members. Make sure you understand the requirements and obligations before you begin this process.
6. Protecting Your Employment Rights:
The law protects your employment rights as a U.S. citizen. Do not allow discrimination in the workplace because of your origin, immigration status or citizenship. If you encounter problems, do not hesitate to file complaints.
U.S. citizenship is a valuable distinction that carries with it rights and duties. We encourage you to embrace this new identity and contribute to America’s cultural and economic mosaic.
Remember that this guide is informational only. For the most up-to-date and accurate step-by-step information, please visit the official website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):