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Expedited U.S. Citizenship for Members of the Military

The DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced January 15, 2010 that the citizenship process for men and women defending the U.S. has been streamlined by a new law amending former DHS regulations. This new law reduces the time requirements for naturalization through U.S. military service from 3 years to 1 year for applicants who served during peacetime. The law also extends benefits to members of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve of the U.S. Armed Forces. Members who have served honorably in active-duty status or in the Selected Reserve for any time since 09/11/2001, can file for citizenship immediately. In an effort to increase efficiency and honor those defending the U.S., the new law also eliminates the need for military members to provide certain redundant biographic information with their citizenship applications.

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