U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will naturalize more than 4,440 veterans and current military members and their families on Thursday in honor of Veterans Day.
Military members are eligible for expedited naturalization, and typically can apply for U.S. citizenship after one year of service. They also aren’t required to pay any application fees.
“USCIS is committed to serving the U.S. military community by making sure they have meaningful and efficient access to the immigration benefits they or their families may be entitled to,” said USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddou. “USCIS is dedicated to improving policies and procedures that assist service members and their loved ones on their path to U.S. citizenship.”
In FY 2021, USCIS naturalized 8,800 service members, a 90% increase from FY 2020, according to government data.
Since 2017, the top five countries of birth of naturalized military members were the Philippines, Mexico, China, Jamaica, and South Korea. Men made up 76% of those naturalized and women 24%.
Learn more about recent naturalization trends with Boundless’ 2021 citizenship report.