Often many Legal Permanent Residents neglect to take that next step of obtaining citizenship trough naturalization. Thise can be for many different reasons and are often related to the simple fact of lack of money or not having a complete understanding of the procedures involved. While finances are certainly important in today's economy the cost of not moving forward with becoming a U.S. citizen can be even more staggering.
Until you become a U.S. citizen you will always face to potential risk of being removed from this country and returned to your orignal home country. This can the result of something that begins as minor as an argument with your spouse to any number of criminal violations that appear to be insignificant.
Legal issues that are otherwise minor can have devastating consequences on a non-citizen and could result in being detained, placed into removal proceedings and eventually long-term or even permanent separation from your family and loved ones.
While there are certainly valid reasons for not applying for naturalization any decision to not take that next step should be carefully considered and not just ignored. If you have any quesitons about the process feel free to contact me for additional information and guidance