Rights and Responsibilities

What Can A US Citizen do that a Resident Cannot?

US citizens have the right to both:

  1. Vote in a Federal Election and
  2. Run for federal office

Of course, you can’t necessarily run for president if you’re the Austrian Oak (Arnold Schwarzenegger), but you can certainly be part of the Senate and House game if you have been a citizen for long enough. You have to be a citizen for nine years before running for Senator for example.

By Fred Morse

I moved from Wales to the United States in 2005 and have been through the US immigration process and have learned all about citizenship and nationalization on the way. I currently live in Texas with my wife and two dogs

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