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Citizenship Requirements for U.S. Armed Forces

U.S. Citizenship Requirements for U.S. Armed Forces

As a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, you may be eligible for naturalization after just one year of military service. This is a significant benefit (as it normally requires five years as a permanent resident before applying for citizenship). It’s only available to military members that have served the United States with honor.

To qualify, you must have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least one year. If you’ve separated from the U.S. Armed Forces, you must file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization within six months of an honorable discharge. There is expedited citizenship for U.S. Armed Forces and families. The Immigration and Nationality Act (Section 328(a)) details all of the citizenship requirements for a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. We break it down in simple terms here.

Citizenship Requirements for U.S. Armed Forces

As a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, you may be eligible for naturalization after just one year of military service. This is a significant benefit (as it normally requires five years as a permanent resident before applying for citizenship). It’s only available to military members that have served the United States with honor.

To qualify, you must have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least one year. If you’ve separated from the U.S. Armed Forces, you must file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization within six months of an honorable discharge. (There is expedited citizenship for U.S. Armed Forces and families — Learn more here.) The Immigration and Nationality Act (Section 328(a)) details all of the citizenship requirements for a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. We break it down in simple terms here.

An applicant for naturalization must meet the following citizenship requirements:

5-Year Permanent Resident

If you’ve been a permanent resident for at least five years, you may be eligible to naturalize now.

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Married to a U.S. Citizen

If you’re a permanent resident that’s married to a U.S. citizen, you may be eligible to naturalize after just three years.

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Form N-400, Application for Naturalization


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For people with straight-forward cases (no arrests and immigration violations), filing an N-400 can be done without a lawyer. Yet, each year, USCIS rejects or denies thousands of applications.

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last year
0,142
N-400 forms were filed*

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N-400 Forms were rejected*

and another
0,176
got denied*

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