NATURALIZATION / CITIZENSHIP VIA MILITARY SERVICE

Active duty service members and certain veterans of the U.S.
Armed Forces are eligible to apply for United States
citizenship under special provisions of the Immigration and
Nationality Act (INA).

Generally, service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine
Corps, Coast Guard, or certain reserve components of the
National Guard and the Selected Reserve of the Ready
Reserve is required for eligibility. The requirements for
applying for citizenship also vary depending on whether the
veteran or active duty military service member served in
wartime or peacetime.

Peacetime Service

Section 328 of the Immigration and Nationality Act applies to
all members of the U.S. Armed Forces or those already
discharged from service. An individual may qualify for
naturalization if he or she has:

  • Served honorably for at least one year.
  • Obtained lawful permanent resident status.
  • Filed an application while still in the service or within
    six months of separation.

Wartime Service

All immigrants who have served honorably on active duty in
the U.S. Armed Forces or as a member of the Selected Ready
Reserve on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible to file for
immediate citizenship under the special wartime provisions in
Section 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This
section also covers veterans of designated past wars and
conflicts.

Every military installation has a designated point-of-contact to
handle citizenship applications and to complete a Request for
Certification of Military or Naval Service (N-426). Service
members should inquire through your chain of command to
find the appropriate point-of-contact. For more information
call the USCIS toll-free military help line at 1-877-CIS-4MIL
(1-877-247-4645).