American Citizens’ Exclusive Rights:
- Right to vote (for presidents, senators and congressmen). Important: expatriates can vote.
- Limited jobs: Certain jobs require prior authorization for security reasons and may even be banned for American citizens with a dual nationality.
- To be elected representative of the citizens.
- To act as jury in civil or criminal trials.
- To be able to apply for the permanent residence for their family.
- To live abroad without time limit.
- If they commit crimes or offenses, citizens are criminally or civilly responsible, but they don’t lose the right to live in the U.S.
- To have their citizenship for life. It doesn’t have to be renewed, and it’s only lost in very extreme cases or voluntarily.
- To have a dual nationality (the U.S. doesn’t require naturalized citizens to renounce their original citizenship).
- Their children have the right to get the American passport, even if they’re born abroad (some exceptions apply).
- To get several benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid
Common Obligations of Citizens and Residents:
- To register in the Selective Service
- To pay taxes.