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Obtaining citizenship in South Carolina

The United States Department of Homeland Security recognizes the important contributions made by non-citizen members of the armed forces, and enlistment in the military may be a step towards citizenship for some immigrants in South Carolina. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services outlines steps that might help military personnel become naturalized.

Members of the United States armed forces are eligible for expedited naturalization, and in the event of deployment, efficient overseas processing, by order of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This act was created to recognize and honor the service given to the United States military by non-citizens.

Spouses of non-citizen military personnel are eligible for expedited naturalization as well. The requirements for the naturalization of military spouses are subject to a number of conditions. For example, the individual must be at least 18 years of age and must establish that the U.S. citizen-spouse is deployed overseas as a service member. That person must also be in the United States at the time of naturalization and be able to read, write and speak basic English. The government also requires that the person declare intent to reside in the U.S., have reasonable understanding of the U.S. government and history, and be of good moral character.

Obtaining citizenship in the United States can be a difficult task. Employing the aid of an immigration lawyer might make this process considerably easier. That lawyer may be able to help a client demonstrate that he or she has met the qualifications to become a United States citizen under the Immigration and Nationality Act through military service.

Source: USCIS, "Citizenship for Military Personnel & Family Members", November 26, 2014

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