The US military as a road to citizenship

Go Back   Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad > Americas > USA Expat Forum for Expats Living in the USA

USA Expat Forum for Expats Living in the USA The USA Expats forum is dedicated those individuals that have chosen to make the USA their new home. This forum is an ideal place for Expats now living in the United States to meet and discuss all aspects of their new way of life.

The US military as a road to citizenship


Reply
 
Subscribe to this Thread Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 17th February 2009, 05:39 AM
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 2,523
Rep Power: 0
synthia has a reputation beyond reputesynthia has a reputation beyond reputesynthia has a reputation beyond reputesynthia has a reputation beyond reputesynthia has a reputation beyond reputesynthia has a reputation beyond reputesynthia has a reputation beyond reputesynthia has a reputation beyond reputesynthia has a reputation beyond reputesynthia has a reputation beyond reputesynthia has a reputation beyond repute
13 likes received

Default The US military as a road to citizenship

This article from the New York Times talks about allowing legal immigrants who have been in the US for at least two years to enlist in the military and get a shortcut to citizenship. The change doesn't provide a way to enlist directly from another country, or allow illegall immigrants to enlist.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 20th February 2009, 02:43 PM
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 0
WindWagonSmith is on a distinguished road

Default

I was in the Army about ten years ago and there were a few people straight from other countries, Africa and Australia if I remember correctly.

Also, I've heard they are making it even easier to get into the armed forces (for Americans at least)....and, not that I would recommend that route to *anyone*, but if you're dead set on it, I would contact a recruiter.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 20th February 2009, 03:40 PM
Fatbrit's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: AZ, US of A
Posts: 3,212
Rep Power: 4947
Fatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond repute
16 likes received

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in usa.
Default

The military still haven't been forthcoming about the details. But I doubt we're heading for a "foreign legion" scenario.

__________________
Undermine their pompous authority, reject their moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your trademarks. Cause as much chaos and disruption as possible but donít let them take you ALIVE. - Sid Vicious
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 20th February 2009, 03:45 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,319
Rep Power: 30885
twostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond repute
343 likes received
13 likes given

Users Flag! Expat in usa.
Default

You still need a GC to enlist.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 20th February 2009, 04:00 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 2,465
Rep Power: 724
Davis1 has a reputation beyond reputeDavis1 has a reputation beyond reputeDavis1 has a reputation beyond reputeDavis1 has a reputation beyond reputeDavis1 has a reputation beyond reputeDavis1 has a reputation beyond reputeDavis1 has a reputation beyond reputeDavis1 has a reputation beyond reputeDavis1 has a reputation beyond reputeDavis1 has a reputation beyond reputeDavis1 has a reputation beyond repute
110 likes received
4 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in usa.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by twostep View Post
You still need a GC to enlist.
If you wish to enlist, you must be in one of the following categories: asylee, refugee, temporary protected status (TPS). Also, E, F, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, P, Q, R, S, T, TC, TD, TN, U, or V nonimmigrants are eligible. An eligible recruit: (a) must not have had any single absence from the US of more than 90 days during the two-year period preceding enlistment, (b) must have been in valid status in one of these categories for at least two years immediately prior to enlistment (but it does not have to be the same category for the entire period), and (c) in the medical category, the recruit must fill medical specialities where the armed forces have a shortfall, and (d) in the language category, the recruit must possess specific language and culture capabilities in a language critical to DOD.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 20th February 2009, 04:11 PM
Fatbrit's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: AZ, US of A
Posts: 3,212
Rep Power: 4947
Fatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond reputeFatbrit has a reputation beyond repute
16 likes received

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in usa.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Davis1 View Post
If you wish to enlist, you must be in one of the following categories: asylee, refugee, temporary protected status (TPS). Also, E, F, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, P, Q, R, S, T, TC, TD, TN, U, or V nonimmigrants are eligible. An eligible recruit: (a) must not have had any single absence from the US of more than 90 days during the two-year period preceding enlistment, (b) must have been in valid status in one of these categories for at least two years immediately prior to enlistment (but it does not have to be the same category for the entire period), and (c) in the medical category, the recruit must fill medical specialities where the armed forces have a shortfall, and (d) in the language category, the recruit must possess specific language and culture capabilities in a language critical to DOD.
Thanks for that Davis1. Readers should not that it doesn't include a VWP or even B1/2 entry -- though staying in legal status for 2 years with no absence > 90 days on either of those would be an almost impossible!

(Twostep: it's a new "desperation program" by the US Military that they announced just before Xmas.)

__________________
Undermine their pompous authority, reject their moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your trademarks. Cause as much chaos and disruption as possible but donít let them take you ALIVE. - Sid Vicious
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 20th February 2009, 04:15 PM
Bevdeforges's Avatar
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: deepest, darkest Essonne
Posts: 46,192
Rep Power: 23274
Bevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond reputeBevdeforges has a reputation beyond repute
9666 likes received
1291 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from usa. Users Flag! Expat in france.
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by twostep View Post
You still need a GC to enlist.
Take a look at the article Synthia cited. Apparently they're going to allow enlistment by those on certain types of "non-immigrant" visas. Of course, in the same issue of the newspaper, they announced that they are actually starting to meet their recruitment goals (thanks to the recession) - so may wind up only taking foreigners with "special qualifications," like languages or medical or other specialized training.
Cheers,
Bev

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 20th February 2009, 05:13 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,319
Rep Power: 30885
twostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond reputetwostep has a reputation beyond repute
343 likes received
13 likes given

Users Flag! Expat in usa.
Default

I stand corrected.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Location
Where you live
Expat From Country
Please select the country you originate from. This will appear as a flag when you make posts on the site.
Expat To Country
Please select the country you have either moved to or want to relocate to. This will be presented on the site when you make posts.

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Do I apply for AUS citizenship/dual citizenship or permanent residence? noosa2 Australia Expat Forum for Expats Living in Australia 6 4th May 2012 01:16 PM
Any U.S. military retirees? tamee France Expat Forum for Expats Living in France 2 28th April 2011 10:57 PM
Any Retired US Military? mightymo Spain Expat Forum for Expats Living in Spain 5 22nd September 2010 09:32 PM
Military training work. RobHindmarsh Dubai Expat Forum for Expats Living in Dubai 15 19th February 2009 11:31 PM
Brits In The US Military??? Ezzy-252 USA Expat Forum for Expats Living in the USA 38 3rd January 2009 06:19 AM

FORUM PARTNERS

ExpatForum.com is owned and operated by VerticalScope Inc.

Retiring Overseas Guides | Moving Overseas Guides | Cost of Living | Health Care Guides


All times are GMT. The time now is 02:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.