If you’ve applied for U.S. citizenship and you’re currently going through the naturalization process, one of the most important benefits you’ll receive as a citizen is the benefit of holding one of the most powerful passports in the world. The power of the U.S. passport allows you to gain access to numerous countries easily, without a visa or by way of a streamlined visa application process.
That said, the U.S. passport is not the most “powerful” passport in the world. This honor is currently conferred to German passport holders because German citizens have the ability to enter 177 countries at this time without first getting a visa. For the ease of travel offered by the German passport, this travel document achieved number one status via the 2018 World Passport Ranking competition.
Second place was given to Singapore because its citizens can visit 176 counties. A string of countries tied for third: Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Passports of these countries receive visa-less entry into 176 countries. Fourth place was received by Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.
And what about the United States? It tied for fifth — along with South Korea, Portugal and Ireland — for its visa-free entry into 173 countries. As you can see, the U.S. passport is an amazing travel document. Although it didn’t receive first place, for someone who gains U.S. citizenship from a country that ranks much lower on this list, a U.S. passport represents a significant boost in global travel freedom.
If you want to receive the many benefits of United States citizenship, learn as much as you can about the facts of your personal situation and the visa application strategies that could work to get you approved for the citizenship status you desire.
Source: Sentinel Source, “The United States has the fifth most powerful passport in the world,” Catalina Ruiz Parra El Nuevo Herald, accessed March 02, 2018