Military families give so much to our country. To recognize this dedication, the United States offers streamlined citizenship programs to spouses of service members. If you or your spouse is ready to become a naturalized citizen, it’s time to take advantage of this valuable benefit.
As a military spouse herself, Attorney Zaira Solano understands your military family’s commitment and sacrifice. Keep reading to learn more about citizenship for military spouses in Doraville, and how the skilled attorneys at Solano Law Firm, LLC can help you attain your dream of becoming a U.S. citizen.
If you are a military spouse and legal permanent resident of the United States, you may qualify for a simplified citizenship or naturalization process. There are two immigration programs that benefit military spouses: expedited and overseas naturalization.
Eligible spouses can speed up the naturalization process if your active-duty spouse is being stationed outside the United States. You qualify for expedited citizenship if you:
If you are applying for citizenship as a military spouse, it’s essential that your immigration lawyer notify U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that you qualify for expedited processing. However, USCIS considers expedited processing on a case-by-case basis and does not speed up the citizenship process in every case. If you have questions or concerns about expedited citizenship for a military spouse, an immigration lawyer can help
To become a citizen, most people have to meet USCIS’ strict “physical presence” requirements. This means that they have to continuously live in the United States for three to five years before becoming a naturalized citizen. For a military spouse, this may be impossible if your spouse is stationed abroad. Thankfully, the immigration authorities carved out an exception to the “physical presence” rules for military spouses.
Eligible military spouses can apply for U.S. citizenship overseas under certain circumstances:
While this may seem complicated, the dedicated immigration lawyers at Solano Law Firm, LLC can help you understand your legal options and calculate your first-possible application date for citizenship.
Nothing is more difficult than losing your spouse while they served in active duty. However, if you’re living in the United States as a legal permanent resident, you may also worry that your spouse’s passing ended your chance of becoming a U.S. citizen. Again, USCIS offers military spouses significant benefits. If your spouse died during active duty or due to a combat-related injury or disease, you may still qualify for USCIS’ programs for citizenship for military spouse.
If your children are not U.S. citizens, they may be eligible for overseas citizenship as part of your military family. To qualify, they must show that:
This process also applies to children who are adopted by a U.S. service member.
Solano Law Firm deeply respects military families, and our founder is a military spouse herself. We have a well-documented commitment to our service members and their families.
Solano Law Firm, LLC understands the power of U.S. citizenship and values our military families. We proudly guide military spouses and family members through citizenship for military spouses in Doraville and family programs. If you’d like to learn more about your family’s eligibility for naturalization, contact us today. Our immigration lawyers will give you the time you deserve, answer your questions, and advise you as to your next steps.