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:

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:

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:

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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