I have linked to this U.S. citizenship lawyer in previous posts. I would recommend the site. He assumes that U.S. citizenship is a prized possession that all reasonable people should aspire to. Interestingly he notes that:
“Obtaining citizenship may result in communication to the Internal Revenue Service.”
He lists many benefits of having U.S. citizenship (in comparison to having a Green Card). These include the benefits of: “No more paperwork” and “Emotional Benefits”.
“No more paperwork
If you become naturalized you do not have to worry about replacing your Green Card with newer versions. Some time ago, the INS announced the expiration of the old green card forms I-551. All people in possession of the card had to apply for replacement with a secure, machine-readable Alien Registration Receipt Card. This card expires, and you must renew it. Citizens do not have to do this.”
Finally, there are intangible advantages. Most green card holders have decided that the U.S. is the permanent home for their families. Canadians find it of psychological benefit to be on an equal footing with their American peers. Becoming a U.S. citizen is an unassailable demonstration of commitment to the country. This is important for school-age children who are very much concerned with their identity.”
It seems to me that having U.S. citizenship means a life of paperwork and living in terror of the IRS. In fairness, I appreciate that he is comparing the benefits of citizenship to having only a Green Card. On the other hand, (depending on how long you have had the Green Card) it may be easier to cut ties with the U.S.
He also makes another interesting comment when discussing whether one gave up citizenship when becoming Canadian? He notes correctly that:
1. Becoming a Canadian will result in loss of U.S. citizenship if done with the intention of relinquishing U.S. citizenship. This is true. He then says:
2. “This relatively new policy is retroactive. This means that it applies to people who may think they already lost their citizenship–even if the U.S. Consulate already made that finding”
By way of clarification. This (in my opinion) does NOT mean that those who became Canadian during the 70s are automatically U.S. citizens. What it DOES mean is that those who lost their U.S. citizenship during the 70s have the right to get it back if they want.
Here is a comment that I posted on another site in relation to this issue:
In the early 90s the State Department began to use a “uniform administrative standard”, in relation to intent, that presumed an intention to retain U.S. citizenship when people became dual citizens. Prior to that, there were many cases of people who became Canadian who lost their U.S. citizenship. See for example the Richards case:
According to the State Department those U.S. citizens who lost their citizenship prior to the adoption of that “uniform administrative standard”, have the option (but are not required to) have their cases reopened in order to retain U.S. citizenship. See:
“APPLICABILITY OF ADMINISTRATIVE PREMISE TO PAST CASES
The premise established by the administrative standard of evidence is applicable to cases adjudicated previously. Persons who previously lost U.S. citizenship may wish to have their cases reconsidered in light of this policy.
A person may initiate such a reconsideration by submitting a request to the nearest U.S. consular office …”