Military Family Members
Spouses, parents, and children of U.S. Armed Force members may be eligible for different immigration benefits such as citizenship , permanent residence , family-based survivor benefits, and other discretionary options.
Immigration Benefits for Military Family Members
Citizenship for Military Family Members
Spouses of U.S. service members may be eligible for expedited naturalization outside the United States. Children of service members may also be eligible for naturalization or may be eligible to automatically acquire citizenship.
Discretionary Options for Military Members, Enlistees and Their Families
The U.S. government recognizes the important sacrifices made by U.S. service members, veterans, enlistees, and their families. To support these individuals, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides discretionary options such as parole or deferred action on a case-by-case basis.
Family Based Survivor Benefits
Immediate relatives of a U.S. armed forces member who died from combat-related injuries while on active duty may be eligible for certain “survivor” immigration benefits, including citizenship.
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If you are serving or have served in the U.S. armed forces and are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, you may be eligible to apply for naturalization under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
As a current or former member of the U.S. military, certain other naturalization requirements may not apply to you. For example, if you served honorably during a designated period of hostilities, you may not have to reside in or be physically present in the U.S. for any length of time before you apply for naturalization.