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

Establishing Eligibility to File Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

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 military personnel. We explain it in simple terms here.

citizenship requirements for military and us armed forces

An applicant for naturalization based on military service must meet the following requirements:

Alternative Paths to Citizenship

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 who is married to a U.S. citizen, you may be eligible to naturalize after just three years.
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