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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Naturalization. How to Obtain U.S. Citizenship through Naturalization.

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) are fulfilled. According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 757,434 persons were naturalized in 2012.Citizenship-throughNaturalization1

Naturalization is a complex process. It has some general requirements:

  • Be age 18 or older;
  • Be a permanent resident for a certain amount of time (5 years or 3 years)
  • Be a person of good moral character
  • Have a basic knowledge of U.S. Government
  • Have a period of continuous and physical presence in the U.S.
  • Be able to speak, read and write in English.

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Have a Dream to Become a U.S. Citizen? Find out How to Get U.S. Citizenship

All of us have benefits of citizenship. But when people are not citizens they do not have enough rights and the process of citizenship is rather difficult.

3e7ff4dcc30098c7ec22c062136fd2d3Citizenship means being a member of a country with all the rights and all the privileges of being citizen. If a person meets certain requirements he can become a U.S. citizen. People may become  U.S. citizens at birth or after it.

According to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 757,343 persons were naturalized in 2012.

To become a citizen at birth a person should:

  1. have been born in the United States;
  2. have been born in certain territories or outlying possessions of the United States;
  3. have a parent or parents who were citizens at the time of his birth.

A person may become a citizen after birth by:

  1. Applying for a “derived” or “acquired” citizenship through parents
  2. Applying for naturalization.

The ways to obtain Citizenship are:

  1. Citizenship Through Naturalization
  2. Citizenship Through Parents
  3. Naturalization for Spouses of U.S. citizens
  4. Citizenship for Military personnel and Family members.

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