I am celebrating 30 years in the US and I’ve been pondering becoming a citizen for some time, there are some challenges in this but I want to share a bit of the process with you and where I am with these different parts.
This is one of those major milestones in my life and often for other people that make this decision. It means that you have taken the necessary steps to be fully integrated into a new society and that you are committed to contributing to that society in a meaningful way.
However, the process of becoming a citizen can be complex and daunting. Let’s talk about what it takes to become a citizen and the benefits of citizenship.
The first step in becoming a citizen is to meet the eligibility requirements. These requirements vary from country to country, but generally, you must be a permanent resident of the country for a certain period of time, pass a language and/or civics test, and be of good character. Once you have met these requirements, you can apply for citizenship.
So I’ve lived in the US for 30 years now and have not left this country once since then. I have my permanent resident card and can pass the written, spoken, and reading requirements. I am in the middle of studying for the civics test.
The application process can be lengthy and requires a lot of paperwork. You will need to provide documentation of your identity, residency status, and any criminal history. You will also need to pay a fee, which can be quite expensive. Once you have submitted your application, you will need to wait for it to be processed. This can take several months to a year or more, depending on the country.
For me, this is roughly about $1000 when it’s all said and done and part of my money goal is to save up for the application.
If your application is approved, you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony. This ceremony is a formal event in which you will pledge your allegiance to the country and receive your certificate of citizenship. It is a momentous occasion and one that many people cherish for the rest of their lives.
So, why become a citizen? There are several benefits to citizenship that make the process worthwhile. First and foremost, citizenship gives you the right to vote and participate in the democratic process. This means that you have a say in how your country is run and can make a difference in the lives of others. Citizenship also gives you the right to work in certain government jobs and to receive certain government benefits. Additionally, citizenship provides a sense of belonging and pride in your new country.
This paragraph above points out that one of the benefits is the right to vote and that has become pretty important to me. While I can pay taxes and do most other things that citizens can do, voting isn’t one of them.
Becoming a citizen is not an easy process, but it is one that is worth the effort. It is a sign of your commitment to your new country and your desire to contribute to society. If you are considering becoming a citizen, it is important to research the requirements and the benefits in order to make an informed decision.
I want to share with you that when you purchase my art or invest with me for coaching, you are helping me achieve my goal to become a US citizen. I mean let’s be honest, the odds of me moving back to Germany are slim to none, and slim just walked out the door (unless I were to get booted from the country which is unlikely).