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Gaining naturalization through military service

On Behalf of | Dec 3, 2020 | Uncategorized

Seeking citizenship in the United States is often difficult for a foreigner living in North Carolina or another state, but there is one way to become a U.S. citizen in a relatively short amount of time: by enlisting in the U.S. military. The following includes a number of important pieces of information you need to increase the chances that you gain naturalization after your military service.

Peacetime naturalization

According to U.S immigration law, a foreigner may obtain a green card after serving at least one year within the military. This is often enough for people to volunteer for the service as green cards are difficult to come by. In addition, those who obtain a green card have a special exemption that allows them to apply for citizenship after the one-year mark. The law for non-military green card holders states that they must way at least five years to apply for citizenship. It should be noted that you must also demonstrate good character and understanding of the U.S. Constitution before this right is provided to you.

Naturalization during wartime

In a time of war, the law states that foreigners who join the military may acquire U.S. citizenship as soon as the first day of their service. Although many barriers are taken down during wartime, there are certain things you will need to keep in mind. The military will expect you to read, write and speak English and have a good understanding of the U.S. Constitution. You may be able to apply for citizenship after signing up for the service even if you’re living overseas.

Although the laws are clear, it is still important to have an immigration attorney throughout the process. This may help you reduce the amount of paperwork on your part and decrease the chances of making common legal mistakes.