I Don’t Want To Take The Oath Of Allegiance, Can I Renew My 10 Year Green Card?
After you complete the Removal of Conditions (ROC) process, you will receive your 10 year green card which renews your permanent resident status. Many people then decide to apply for citizenship and take the oath of allegiance when they are eligible to become a U.S. citizen.
However, not everyone wants to become a U.S. citizen and there is an option to continue to renew your green card every 10 years.
The good news is that even if your green card expires, you will not lose your permanent resident status. Your green card has to be renewed if you plan on traveling or for verification purposes if you change your job for example.
Renewing Your Green Card Is Like State Driver’s License Renewal, But Costlier
Your status remains as permanent resident unless you abandon your residency by moving permanently outside of the United States.
If you abandon your green card or have serious problems with he law, your permanent resident status will be revoked. This is one reason many people decide to become a U.S. citizen instead.
Renewing your 10 year green card is a very simple process and you will need to file form I-190 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. The cost to file this form is $450.00 which also includes the $85.00 for the biometrics.
Will I Loose My Foreign Citizenship If I Become A U.S. Citizen?
You will not lose your foreign citizenship if you apply and receive US citizenship. If your home country allows dual citizenship then there shouldn’t be a problem with you continuing to hold and renew your foreign passport.
When you take the oath of allegiance in the United States, it does say “entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen” but that just means that the U.S. will no longer recognize any other passport you hold other than your U.S. passport.
Should I Take The Oath of Allegiance and Become a U.S. Citizen?
The answer to this question depends on the individual. U.S. citizenship offers a lot of perks such as obtaining a U.S. passport, being able to vote and not having to pay application fees to continue to live in the United States.
In some cases an immigrants home country also does not recognize dual citizenship and they may lose their foreign citizenship if they become a U.S. citizen. It depends on what is important to you and ultimately that is what really matters.