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September 20, 2014

Why Millions Never Apply for Citizenship

Not only are a record number of taxpayers renouncing their US citizenship to avoid taxes on overseas assets, but the New York Times highlights the “millions of people who are in the country legally, and stand on the threshold of citizenship,” but never actually apply.

“Of those, many may want to apply but are deterred by a variety of reasons, including the $680 application fee or the requirement that most applicants must prove they can read, write and speak basic English… But alongside those potential applicants, there is a vast population of green card holders who have everything they need to naturalize… They simply do not want it.”

  • dw

    That will be fine, until they get deported for a minor drugs offense. (Or a future Tea Party Congress abolishes green cards and expels all non-citizens).

  • Jason A. Quest

    They don’t want to be citizens of the greatest nation ever?! Inconceivable!

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