U.S. Citizenship for Military Personnel

Many people are surprised to hear that members of the MilitaryFamilyU.S. military and their families have issues with the U.S. immigration system. But unfortunately it happens very often.

Members of the U.S. armed forces and their dependents (spouses and children) may be eligible for naturalization, to include expedited and overseas processing, under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Did you know that Since September 2002, USCIS has naturalized 89,095 members of the military ( Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)

It is very important to know the Military branches (also service branch or armed service):

  • imagesArmy
  • Navy
  • Marine Corps
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard
  • Selected Reserve

 

Remember that there are some requirements and qualifications for serving in the U.S. Armed Forces!

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What to Expect on Your Naturalization Test

A lonaturalizationt of people want to take the naturalization test but in the most of cases they don’t know what it contains. To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must pass the naturalization test. The naturalization test has two components:

  1. English Test
  2. Civics Test.

During your naturalization interview, you will be asked questions about your application and background. You must keep in mind that you are under oath and you have to tell only the truth. You will also take an English and civics test unless you qualify for an exemption or waiver.

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Naturalization Ceremony – Oath of Allegiance

The Oath of Allegiance is held next to an American flag during a Special Naturalization Ceremony at the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington

The United States is a nation of immigrants. There are many steps involved in the process of becoming a citizen of the United States, and since 9/11, the process is even more difficult and time sensitive. However, the process, once completed, is gratifying and well worth the effort.

immigrants_us_citizen_testWhen you are on the home stretch of the whole process, you’ll be invited to take the Oath of Allegiance, which will complete the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

Before the ceremony, you’ll get a Notice of Naturalization Oath (Form N-445) with the date, time and location of your scheduled naturalization ceremony.

NOTE: Failing to appear more than once for your ceremony may lead to a denial of your application.

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What to Expect on Your Naturalization Test

   naturalizationA lot of people want to take the naturalization test but in the most of cases they don’t know what it contains. To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must pass the naturalization test.  The naturalization test has two components:

  1. English Test
  2. Civics Test.

During your naturalization interview, you will be asked questions about your application and background. You must keep in mind that you are under oath and you have to tell only the truth. You will also take an English and civics test unless you qualify for an exemption or waiver.

englishusaThe English Test has three parts:

  1. Oral Test 
  2. Reading Test
  3. Writing test 

unnamedThe second part of the naturalization test is Civics Test. The civics test contains questions about U.S. history and government. Follow the link below to find educational materials, such as Civics Flash Cards, to help you prepare for the naturalization interview: http://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/study-test/study-materials-civics-test

Generally, during the naturalization interview, applicants are asked up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions in English. The applicant should answer correctly 6 of the 10 questions to pass the civics test in English.

There are some exceptions from the naturalization test requirements. 

In the case when an applicant fails any portion of test during the initial examination, USCIS will reschedule the application for a second examination between 60 and 90 days after the initial examination. In the case when an applicant fails any portion of the naturalization test a second time, the officer will deny the application.

If you complete the Eligibility Worksheet and have questions about your eligibility, you should seek advice by consulting an attorney.

If you want to take the naturalization test, please watch our video. This video alsoU_S__Citizenship_ includes exceptions from the naturalization test requirements. If you need legal advise, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney who will provide you with the best assistance and help. You can come with any legal problem to Legal Bistro and our qualified lawyers will be interested to work with you on a contingent fee basis. The service for you will be 100% free so you have nothing to lose!