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Hello everyone,

So I am joining the U.S. Navy Reserve after trying to join the Air Force and U.S. Army. Now a good friend told me the Navy is best for people with a conditional green card. Now I was wondering if citizenship is instant or do I have to wait one year?

I currently have a job in IT, so going active duty wasn't really interesting.


There are some sources that say that during wartime citizenship can be filed for immediately. But then other sources say that reservists have to wait one year while active duty is instant. Does anyone have a clear answer on this?

Either way, I am looking forward to be a part of this country and serve.

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Can't give you a clear answer; but honestly I wouldn't get my hopes up for 1-2 years and a deployment.

 

Technically this is not a 'war time' anyways.... hasn't been for awhile now.

 

I spent 6 years active duty... honestly don't know why you do anything other than active as it just tends to mess with your normal routines more than anything.

 

Back in 2006-2007 people who spent 1-2 years in active duty and deployed in Iraq/Afghanistan got "fast tracked" to citizenship... just being reserve (honestly the lesser of active and national guard), I wouldn't even worry or think about citizenship for awhile...


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My wife is from the Philippines. She joined the Air National Guard. She was supposed to be eligible to get her citizenship while in basic training, but they didn't do that for her. Never mind though, because as soon as she got back from basic training she applied, and was expedited because of being in the military.

 

So, she graduated basic training the end of May, and filed June 10th. She took her oath on August 12 and became a citizen. No fee. It cost nothing, because of being military. She was asked to wear her uniform since the swearing in was all military.

 

And yes, this is considered war time, and yes, you still are qualified for this until the president  changes it.

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and, you will still be eligible to get your global WAR on terror medal. Not war time? Yes, it is still war time. Sadly I have this feeling we will be at war until the end of time. When I was in the Army, at first, we had no war, only the Cold War. It was awhile before we had a war. I was active duty, but didn't go to war until I was in the Army Reserve. Then war never ended it seems. Too much war.... I sure do miss the military though, but get to get my feet back in the water through my wife. She may go active in the next year. Am hoping for that.

 

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All I can really say, and I don't know if it'll help you at all... we are in war time, and I jumped from conditional greencard to citizen within 5 weeks during basic training. The only difference is that I am active duty tho. But at least now you know that we are in war times when it comes to naturalization etc, war vs. terrorism.


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17 hours ago, Ben&Zian said:

Can't give you a clear answer; but honestly I wouldn't get my hopes up for 1-2 years and a deployment.

 

Technically this is not a 'war time' anyways.... hasn't been for awhile now.

 

I spent 6 years active duty... honestly don't know why you do anything other than active as it just tends to mess with your normal routines more than anything.

 

Back in 2006-2007 people who spent 1-2 years in active duty and deployed in Iraq/Afghanistan got "fast tracked" to citizenship... just being reserve (honestly the lesser of active and national guard), I wouldn't even worry or think about citizenship for awhile...

Still at war and they're still doing expedited citizenships....

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I guess I am just repeating what some other people said, but I enlisted in the Army National Guard in September with a conditional Green Card and became a citizen in AIT in March. I should have been naturalized when I graduated basic training but the USCIS lost my file. So no, you don't have to wait a year,   

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On ‎6‎/‎30‎/‎2017 at 10:02 AM, Shauneg said:

Just to follow up. My wife left for basic on May 2nd and did all the paperwork there. Graduated and naturalized this past week....

 

 

that's awesome. I am looking into joining the military as well, but I prefer being on reserve. Is your wife doing active duty or reserve, and which branch?

 

Thanks

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