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If you are a permanent resident and you qualify to become a citizen, you may be wondering what the benefits of U.S. citizenship are. Well, simply put, there are many. Perhaps the most important benefit to many is the right to vote. Participating in our government gives each person voting a voice regarding the laws that are passed. But that is not the only benefit. Becoming a U.S. citizen allows you to apply for family members to join you in the U.S. You will be eligible for certain state and federal jobs as well as certain public benefits. Additionally, you will enjoy less restrictions on travel and easier re-entry into the U.S. A criminal record affects noncitizens differently from citizens as well. Contact an immigration attorney in your area to learn about becoming a US citizen.