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Naturalization For US Service Members

Since 2002, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (USCIS)  has naturalized more than 158,000 U.S. service members, both at home and abroad. If you serve in the U.S. military, but are not yet a citizen, you may be eligible to obtain citizenship through your service. There are two main ways to do this:

  • Naturalization through military service during hostilities.
    If you served honorably in the U.S. armed forces during a designated period of conflict, you may be eligible to naturalize without having to meet the usual residency and physical presence requirements.
  • Naturalization through military service at any time.
    If you served honorably in the U.S. armed forces at any time, you may be eligible to naturalize if you meet certain other requirements, such as having been a lawful permanent resident for at least one year and having a good moral character.

Naturalization Requirements for Military Members

Due to their military service, immigrant military service members have special immigration law naturalization benefits. Veterans or active duty military members can qualify to become a naturalized U.S. citizens if they:

  • Are over 18 years of age
  • Have good moral character
  • Can speak, write, and read English
  • Will declare an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution
  • Pass a history and civics test
  • Clear all security and suitability screening requirements
  • Have served honorably in the U.S. armed forces for a designated amount of time

Are you a current or former military member who wants to become a U.S. Citizen?
We can help.

Did you know that many foreign military members are unaware of the benefits they are entitled to or have been denied benefits they earned through their service to our country? Our free guide has an overview of the naturalization benefits non-citizen military members are entitled to and some background information and important facts you’ll want to know about becoming a U.S. citizen. 

Download Our Free Guide Naturalization for Non-Citizen Military Members

The information in our free guide will provide you with an overview of the special immigration benefits available for non-citizen military members. Don’t try to navigate the complicated USCIS immigration system alone. A simple mistake or missed deadline can cause your application to be delayed – or denied. Instead, an immigration lawyer who has experience working with military members can answer your questions and help you achieve your American Dream.

When you’re ready to hire an immigration attorney, Mario Godoy and the experienced immigration lawyers at Godoy Law Office. He offers assistance in immigration matters, including naturalization, business- and family-based visas, green cards and deportation defense. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office or call us at 630-912-0322.


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