U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service

July 21, 2009                                                                                            Win a green card Subscribe in a reader
Join the army and become a US citizen in 6 months

Stretched thin in Afghanistan and Iraq, the American military will begin recruiting skilled immigrants who are living in this country with temporary visas, offering them the chance to become United States citizens in as little as six months. There are four ways in which a person can obtain a citizenshib through the U.S. Armed Forces: During Time of War / During Peacetime / Naturalization of Widow/er of a United States Citizen / Posthumous Naturalization.

Applying for U.S. Citizenship During Time of War

Any immigrant who enlists with the United States Armed Forces can apply for expedited naturalization. Because the United States is in a time of war, an immigrantódocumented or undocumentedówho serves in active-duty status may apply for expedited naturalization through military service. Immigrants who enlist during a time of war can apply for naturalization after only one day of service and have the citizenship application fee waived.

In general, to apply for naturalization through military service, you must meet the other requirements for naturalization, including showing that you have "good moral character," pass the English literacy and civics test, and swear attachment to the principles of the U.S. constitution by taking the Oath of Allegiance.

Generally, a person who is subject to a final order of removal is not allowed to naturalize. However, this rule does not apply to immigrants who naturalize through military service.

To apply for naturalization through military service in a time of war, you must serve in active-duty status and honorably complete your term of service. If you do not honorably complete your term of service, you will lose your citizenship.

Applying for U.S. Citizenship During Peacetime

Immigrants may also apply for expedited naturalization through military service during peacetime. A service member filing an application for citizenship does not have to pay a fee.

In general, to apply for naturalization through military service, you must meet the other requirements for naturalization, including showing good moral character, swearing your allegiance to the United States and its Constitution, and passing the English and civics examination. However, there is no requirement of a minimum period of residency in the United States.

Generally, a person who is subject to a final order of removal is not allowed to naturalize. However, this rule does not apply to immigrants who naturalize through military service.

To apply for naturalization through military service during peacetime, you must have served for at least one year. You must apply for citizenship while still serving or within six months of leaving the service. If you apply while in the service, you must show current honorable service. If you apply after leaving the service, you must show honorable discharge.

Naturalization of Widow/er of a United States Citizen

The surviving spouse of a United States citizen who died while serving honorably on active-duty status may apply for naturalization.

The spouse and the United States citizen service member must have been married at the time of the service memberís death.

If you are a surviving spouse, you must meet the other requirements for naturalization, including showing good moral character, swearing your allegiance to the United States and its Constitution, and passing the English and civics examination. However, there is no requirement of a minimum period of residency in the United States.

Posthumous Naturalization Through Active-Duty Service

An immigrant who died as a result of serving while on active-duty may be eligible for posthumous naturalization. A request for posthumous citizenship may be filed by the deceasedís next-of-kin or other representative.

To be eligible for a posthumous grant of citizenship, the deceased must have served honorably in active-duty status in a time of war and died from the result of an injury or disease caused by, or made worse by, the war. Also, the deceased must have been in the United States of America or in a U.S. territory at the time of enlistment.

Posthumous citizenship is a symbolic honor given to persons who died while defending the United States of Americaóit does not have any affect on the immigration status of any surviving family members. In other words, family members of the deceased do not get any immigration benefits from the deceasedís posthumous grant of citizenship.

Related Articles

Military Members U.S. Citizenship Eligibility Requirements
Naturalization process for military members and their spouses
The Army’s New Non-Citizen Recruiting Program For Foreign Health Care Professionals
U.S. Military Now Offers Path to Citizenship.
Join the army and become a US citizen in 6 months.

Enter the Green Card Lottery. 55,000 Green Cards Must Go Each Year. Let us help you reach your dream of becoming an American resident today!

Actual green card
DV2014 diversity visa lottery


Return to USA Diversity Lottery's immigration news page to read more immigration news.






Green Card Test

USA Diversity Green Card Test

Take the free test to see if you qualify. If you do, apply for the USA Diversity Visa Green Card Lottery here on the Official USA Diversity Lottery site and your dreams may soon come true. 55,000 diversity immigrant visas (Green Cards) available in the lottery every year. Take the free test NOW!



Immigration News

July 21, 2009

U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service

July 14, 2009

Democrats play word games on immigration

July 6, 2009

White House: scale back immigration expectations

July 5, 2009

McCain to President Obama: Do not bow to labor unions on immigration

June 25, 2009

President Obama: Congress to Take Up Immigration Overhaul

June 23, 2009

Obama administration gut immigration enforcement

June 22, 2009

Obama: citizen plan in danger

June 22, 2009

Obama: immigration overhaul is essential

June 19, 2009

Bishops call for Congress to pass immigration reform by yearís end

June 16, 2009

Obtain a three year residence permit under the Danish Green Card scheme

June 15, 2009

US H-1B Visas still available due to the economic downturn

June 12, 2009

Can Senate Leader Reid find enough Votes to Pass Amnesty Immigration Reform?

June 9, 2009

Unemployed immigrants leaving Florida as more jobs going to Americans

June 8, 2009

Agriculture immigration reform won't happen this year in Congress

May 29, 2009

EUís version of the US Green Card system in the offing

May 26, 2009

Immigration reform could emerge again in the fall

May 20, 2009

Janet Napolitano: Illegal immigrant legalization a hard sell

May 18, 2009

Despite downturn, Indians surge in Silicon Valley continues

May 12, 2009

Obama reverses stance on immigration

March 18, 2009

Join the army and become a US citizen in 6 months

March 1, 2009

Obtain a U.S. Green Card without any form of sponsorship