Military Personnel Becoming U.S. Citizens
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Members of the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible to apply for citizenship.
Who Is Considered a Member of the U.S. Armed Forces?
Members of the U.S. Armed Forces include people in who serve in one of the following branches:
- Marine Corps
- Air Force
- Coast Guard
- Some Reserve components of the National Guard
- Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve
Who Qualifies to Become a U.S. Citizen?
To become a U.S. citizen, there are certain requirements that must be met. These requirements include the demonstration that:
- You have good moral character
- You have knowledge of the English language
- You have knowledge of the U.S. government and history
- You are attached to the U.S. by taking an oath of allegiance to the U.S. Constitution
What Other Requirements Are There?
If you are a currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, or you were discharged from service you must have:
- Served honorably for at least one year
- You are a lawful permanent resident
How Do I Apply for Citizenship?
If you plan on obtaining citizenship you must apply for naturalization while still in service or within six months of being discharged. As a member of the U.S. Armed Forces you do not have to file any fees when applying for citizenship and you can apply even if you are stationed abroad.
What if a Family Member Died while Serving in the U.S. Armed Forces?
If requested, the United States will award posthumous citizenship to active military personnel who die while serving. Family members of the deceased person will be given special consideration whenever applying for immigration status.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, and would like to apply for citizenship, an immigration attorney can ensure you meet the qualifications and have the necessary documentation to complete your application. If a family member died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, an attorney can determine if you may be entitled to special benefits when applying for immigration.
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Last Modified: 02-24-2011 03:38 PM PST
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