They’re numerous and important. We have prepared a compilation in order for you to know the differences between them:

American Citizens’ Exclusive Rights:

  1. Right to vote (for presidents, senators and congressmen). Important: expatriates can vote.
  1. Limited jobs: Certain jobs require prior authorization for security reasons and may even be banned for American citizens with a dual nationality.
  1. To be elected representative of the citizens.
  1. To act as jury in civil or criminal trials.
  1. To be able to apply for the permanent residence for their family.
  1. To live abroad without time limit.
  1. 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.
  1. To have their citizenship for life. It doesn’t have to be renewed, and it’s only lost in very extreme cases or voluntarily.
  1. To have a dual nationality (the U.S. doesn’t require naturalized citizens to renounce their original citizenship).
  1. To request a visa for their foreign fiancé(e).
  1. Their children have the right to get the American passport, even if they’re born abroad (some exceptions apply).
  1. To get several benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid

Common Obligations of Citizens and Residents:

  1. To register in the Selective Service
  1. To pay taxes.