Many people who serve in the U.S military become eligible for naturalization as U.S. citizens as a result. The Immigration and Nationality Act authorizes U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to expedite the process for current members and veterans, but some people aren’t aware of this possibility while they’re serving.
Naturalization Through Military Service
In order to become a citizen of the U.S., a service member or veteran must:
- Have good moral character
- Know the English language
- Have knowledge of U.S. government and history
- Be attached to the principles outlined in the Constitution and take an Oath of Allegiance to the U.S.
You must have served honorably in the Armed Forces for at least a year, gotten lawful permanent residence status, and meet the other requirements for naturalization.
If you’re qualified, you may be exempt from some of the requirements most people must meet, such as residence and physical presence.
Naturalization for Veterans
Many veterans who are not U.S. citizens find it beneficial to work with a Milwaukee immigration attorney on the naturalization process.
Your attorney will:
- Ensure you’re filing the proper forms with the appropriate agencies
- Help you meet deadlines necessary for your application to be considered
- Help prepare you for interviews and other necessary steps toward citizenship
Are You a Service Member or Veteran Who Needs to Talk to an Immigration Lawyer?
If you’re an active-duty service member, you may be able to work with your military branch to obtain U.S. citizenship. If you’re a veteran without access to a military installation, your attorney can help.
Call us at 414-383-6700 for a consultation today. Or you can reach us online.