In this post we will cover cover 5 important steps you can or should do after passing the US Citizenship – Naturalization test. Also we will discuss the RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES of becoming a United States Citizen
- Apply for a U.S. Passport
Now that you are a U.S. citizen, you can apply for a U.S. passport from the U.S. Department of State. You will need to submit your original Form N-550, Certificate of Naturalization, when applying for your U.S. passport. For more information, passport forms, and to find a passport acceptance facility near you please visit www.Travel.State.Gov. You may also apply for a U.S. passport for any children under the age of 18 who automatically acquired citizenship based on your naturalization.
- Update Your Social Security Record
You will need to visit Social Security so they can update your Social Security record. Wait at least 10-14 days after your ceremony before doing so and be prepared to show them your Certificate of Naturalization or your U.S. passport. It is important that your Social Security record is accurate because you will need your Social Security Number (SSN) to get a job, collect Social Security benefits, and receive other government services. When you are hired for a job, your employer can enter your SSN into a Department of Homeland Security Internet program, E-Verify, to determine your eligibility to work in the United States. If your record has not been updated, this may impact your work eligibility. To find your Social Security office, call 1-800-772-1213 or visit www.socialsecurity.gov.
As a new U.S. citizen, you may register to vote. You can register to vote by applying in person, by mail, at public assistance offices, or when you apply for or renew your driver’s license. Visit the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s website at www.eac.gov for more information.
- Obtain a Certificate of Citizenship for Your Child
If you have a child who is a lawful permanent resident under the age of 18 on the day you naturalize, he or she may have automatically acquired U.S. citizenship. To obtain evidence of your child’s acquired U.S. citizenship status, you may apply for a U.S. passport from the U.S. Department of State or for a Certificate of Citizenship using Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, from USCIS. For more information, see the “How Do I” Customer Guides at www.uscis.gov/howdoi and select “U.S. Citizens.” Download the guide called “How Do I Get Proof of My U.S. Citizenship?”
- Sponsor Family Members to Come to the United States
As a citizen of the United States, you may petition for certain relatives to become lawful permanent residents by obtaining what is often referred to as a “Green Card.” To do so, you need to sponsor your relative and be able to prove that you have enough income or assets to support your relative(s) in the United States. For more information, see the “How Do I” Customer Guides at www.uscis.gov/howdoi and select “U.S. Citizens.” Download the guide called “How Do I Help My Relative Become a U.S. Permanent Resident?”
With your new title of U.S. citizen, you have an opportunity to make lasting contributions to both your community and adopted country. Your efforts will help ensure that America’s promise of freedom, democracy, and liberty is secured for generations to come.
Below is a list of some of the most important rights and responsibilities that all citizens—both Americans by birth and by choice—should exercise, honor, and respect. Some of these responsibilities are legally required of every citizen, but all are important to ensure the continued vitality of our country and democracy. Please accept our warmest welcome and best wishes for the future.
✭ Freedom to express yourself.
✭ Freedom to worship as you wish.
✭ Right to a prompt, fair trial by jury.
✭ Right to vote in elections for public officials.
✭ Right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship.
✭ Right to run for elected office.
✭ Freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
✭ Support and defend the Constitution.
✭ Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.
✭ Participate in the democratic process.
✭ Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
✭ Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
✭ Participate in your local community.
✭ Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.
✭ Serve on a jury when called upon.
✭ Defend the country if the need should arise.
Source: USCIS (M-767)