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The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

Naturalization Through Military Service: Fact Sheet

  • Organization: DHS CIS
  • Document Type: Program materials
  • Date Created: Friday, December 16, 2016
  • Submitted: Friday, December 16, 2016
  • Attachment(s): PDF

Special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) authorize U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to expedite the application and naturalization process for current members of the U.S. armed forces and recently discharged servicemembers. Generally, qualifying military service includes service with one of the following: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard. In addition, spouses of members of the U.S. armed forces who are or will be deployed may be eligible for expedited naturalization. Other provisions of the law also allow certain spouses to complete the naturalization process abroad.