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Military Naturalization Benefits


Members of the U.S. Armed Forces may be eligible to apply for citizenship under special provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Members of the U.S. Armed Forces include the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and certain Reserve servicemembers. The citizenship process is easier for qualified military personnel in general, and USCIS has also created a streamlined process for those who are in active-duty or have been discharged recently.

General Qualifications:

  • You must be a permanent resident
  • You must be able to read, write and speak English;
  • You must pass an exam about U.S. history and government
  • You must be able to show good moral character
  • Currently serving or having served in a period of conflict;
  • Lawfully admitted as a permanent resident of the United States after enlistment, OR
  • Physically present in the United States or qualifying territory at the time of enlistment, reenlistment, or induction

Current Benefits for Those Serving in Active Duty and Their Families:

  • No filing fee;
  • A designated point-of-contact to assist with the application process;
  • Oath ceremony made available overseas
  • Spouses of members of the U.S. Armed Forces that are deployed abroad for a year are eligible for expedited naturalization;
  • Awarding of posthumous citizenship to active-duty military personnel who die while serving in the Armed Forces, and special consideration for surviving family members seeking immigration benefits.