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Revocation of Citizenship:

Under current law, citizenship may be revolked if the citizenship was granted under Section 329 of the INA (Service During Hostilities), if the servicemember is discharged under other than honorable conditions. This does not apply to Section 328 of the INA (Service During Peacetime). In 2003, Congress considered legislation which would have amended the INA to allow revocation of citizenship in either case, if the member served less than five years and was discharged under other than honorable conditions, but this legislation was never passed.

(Compiled from Amy Member's Guide to Citizenship, published by the Army, and the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services)

Application Process

Every military installation should have a designated point-of-contact to handle your application and certify your Request for certification of Military or Naval Service (N-426). You should inquire through your chain of command to find out who this person is, so the ycan help you withyour application packet.

Points of Contact: The Department of the Army has directed its Battalion (BN) and Brigade Combat Team (BCT) S-1s, Personnel Services Battalions (PSB), Personnel Service Centers (PSC), Military Personnel Divisions (MPD), and Military Personnel Offices (MILPO) to assist Soldiers with their applications for citizenship and to coordinate with the U.S. Army Human Resources Command (USAHRC) as necessary to facilitate the process.

The Air Force has designated Military Personnel Flights (MPFs) as their functional area for citizenships. Airmen can also complete applicantions online through the virtual Military Personnel Flight.

For the Navy, each Naval command is required by NAVADMIN 251/04 to establish a Citizenship Representative.

The Designated Representative for the Marine Corps is the servicing Legal Assistance Officer, according to JAL Advisory #16.

Step 1 -- Prepare. Reading and understanding is the first step in the naturalization process. Since some naturalization requirements are difficult to understand, many people have questions. This guide should help. You'll also want to read A Guide to Naturalization, and take a look at the information on About.com's Immigration Website.

Step 2 -- Obtain the Required Forms. You can obtain the required forms from your command representative, or you can call the USCIS Form Line at:1-800-870-3676 to request the “Military Packet.”

Step 3 -- Complete the Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet (included in your packet). If you do not meet all the requirements, you will save time by waiting until you are eligible to apply. If you still have questions about your eligibility after completing the Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet, you should seek advice from your command representative or by visiting your local legal assistance office.

Step 4 -- Complete your Application. After you have completed the eligibility worksheet and believe you are eligible for naturalization, you need to complete the Application for Naturalization ( Form N-400 ).

It is required that all military applicants, regardless of filing category, fill out and submit the G-325B version of the Biographic Information form. Please be aware that you will be required to answer questions about your application at your interview. When completing your application, it is essential that you answer all questions honestly.

(Compiled from Amy Member's Guide to Citizenship, published by the Army, and the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services)

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