There are a number of rights that come with American citizenship. You gain the right to vote, and you can leave the country without fear of never being allowed back in. You also have the ability to sponsor close family members and help them immigrate to the United States, too.
For most people, birthright citizenship allows them to be a United States citizen from the moment they are born. This type of citizenship applies to anyone born in the U.S. or to American parents abroad. This is not an option for most people seeking citizenship as an adult.
The other option is known as naturalization. This is the process that allows a person who has already secured lawful permanent residency in the United States to become a citizen. Naturalization takes years, which is only added to the extensive time that goes into obtaining a green card and living in the United States in the first place.
Once you are a lawful permanent resident, you must remain in the country for a number of years before you qualify for citizenship. There are other requirements as well, including a civics test and an interview. The attorneys of Diamondback Legal are ready to help you prepare for each of these steps while you pursue American citizenship.