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Naturalization Made Easier for National Guard Members

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on February 27, 2011

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) recently released a new policy memo, clarifying the eligibility for naturalization of those people who have served as members of the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard of the United States during designated periods of hostility.

In the memo, the USCIS also announced new facilitations for the naturalization process of those who have served as members of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve of the U.S. Armed Forces.

All USCIS offices were directed to comply with the new policy, which among other things, makes it easier for applicants to file proof of service after they have left service by utilizing the NGB Form 22 in conjunction with an uncertified Form N-426 (which previously had to be certified).

The Form 22 executed by the National Guard must list the eligible service (which should also be listed on Form N-426) and it must list the information on the type of separation and character of such service.

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