Serving in the U.S. Military is not restricted to U.S. citizens. Many people from other countries choose to serve, which offers them the benefit of making the process of naturalization, becoming U.S. citizens, far more accessible.
Qualified applicants are expected to demonstrate good moral character, knowledge of the English language, U.S. history and government, and must be willing to take an Oath of Allegiance. Other requirements, such as duration of residence, are waived.
In peacetime, qualified foreign nationals must possess a green card, have served for one year in the military, and have until 6 months of their separation date to apply.
During times of hostilities, this process is expedited. The U.S. Army and Navy have a program that allows most foreign recruits to become citizens by the time they graduate from boot camp.
Posthumous citizenship can be granted (within two years) to foreign nationals who die during their service in the U.S. Military.
The families (spouses, children, parents) of foreign nationals who serve in the military qualify for immigration benefits. They need not be present in the U.S. to complete this process.
If you are considering becoming a citizen of the United States through military service, contact Eaton and Associates today for a free consultation. We have provided guidance to others seeking naturalization through this route, and can assist you in the process as well, ensuring that it is carried out as smoothly and quickly as possible.
We will consult with you regarding others in your family who may become eligible for citizenship or immigration as a result of your military service, and work with any immediate relatives in other countries, taking the necessary action with their local U.S. Consulate. Put our experience to work for you and contact us through our website or make an appointment to meet with us in one of our three offices on the west coast today.