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I'm a US citizen by birth and I wish to emigrate to another nation, preferably a socially progressive nation like Sweden. Unfortunately, most naturalization laws seem to require potential immigrants to be well educated. I'm a 22 year old with a high school diploma (I took some college classes but ran out of money to pay for more). I'm willing to earn citizenship through military service, but the only nations I've found who allow this method are the US (the nation I'm trying to leave) and France (through the French Foreign Legion). Does anyone know of any other nations who allow individuals to earn citizenship through military service, or just have a more accessible method of naturalization? I'd appreciate any input.

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I think you're confusing two separate acts - emmigration and naturalization. The first is the act of expatriating yourself - i.e. moving to a country other than your home country. That requires (usually) a visa of some sort, which requires you to have a way of supporting yourself in the new country so you can properly integrate yourself as a foreigner.

After you have lived in a foreign country for a number of years (and it varies by country), then you can decide whether or not to take the nationality of that country. That is naturalization. But it's entirely possible to live out your life in the new country without ever taking the nationality.

The first thing to consider if you're serious about emigrating is what sort of work do you do? Find a country that needs people with those skills and you'll have a better chance of getting yourself a visa. There is also the issue of the language. If you're a carpenter and you find that Outer Slobovia is in desperate need of carpenters, it would help if you can speak the local language and understand a bit about the local culture.

Visiting a few countries first is a good way of getting a feel for where you think you might want to live. Have you ever been to Sweden? Do you speak Swedish? Go over and see what it's like there on a vacation or other trip and then decide if it's worth it to you to learn the language and investigate what sorts of job skills you'd need to qualify for a visa. (It's not always a matter of higher education.)
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Marry a Foreign National, that way you'll probably stand a chance of migration. Norway seems to be even more advanced. If language is a barrier consider Scotland, it has a reasonably high standard of living provided you stay away from some of it's larger cities. Eire (Southern Ireland) too is very beautiful. That way you do not have to speak another language (many other options, but the obvious choice is Australia, but I understand it is very similar to the US, maybe too similar).

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