Can you get citizenship by joining the military?
Yes, but you must already be a lawful permanent resident.
Lawful permanent residents, also known as Green Card holders, are eligible to join the U.S. military. The military does not admit foreign nationals who are on non-immigrant visas, such as tourist visas or work visas, and it doesn’t admit foreign nationals who have entered the U.S. without any documents.
A Green Card holder can become a U.S. citizen after one year of military service. He or she must have served honorably. The form to file is Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. All of the other requirements for citizenship still apply.
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