Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
Citizenship is the common thread that connects all Americans. We are a nation bound not by race or religion, but by the shared values of freedom, liberty, and equality.
Throughout our history, the United States has welcomed newcomers from all over the world. Immigrants have helped shape and define the country we know today. Their contributions help preserve our legacy as a land of freedom and opportunity. More than 200 years after our founding, naturalized citizens are still an important part of our democracy. By becoming a U.S. citizen, you too will have a voice in how our nation is governed.
The decision to apply is a significant one. Citizenship offers many benefits and equally important responsibilities. By applying, you are demonstrating your commitment to this country and our form of government.
Below you will find several rights and responsibilities that all citizens should exercise and respect. Some of these responsibilities are legally required of every citizen, but all are important to ensuring that America remains a free and prosperous nation.
For additional resources, please see The Citizen's Almanac (PDF, 8.53 MB), A Promise of Freedom: An Introduction to U.S. History and Civics for Immigrants, the pocket Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States (PDF, 724.86 KB), and Important Information for New Citizens (PDF, 725.56 KB).