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Military green card holders face new requirements

Permanent residents of the United States living in Florida or other parts of the country who want to serve in the military will face more stringent standards. Those who have a green card will now be required to pass a background check prior to beginning basic training. Getting a certificate of honorable service generally provides a person with a faster path to citizenship. Under new guidelines, a person must pass basic training and serve 180 consecutive days before getting this certificate.

Alternatively, a person may spend a year in the reserves to get that certificate. In the past, those who served in the military could get that certificate after just a day of service. In addition to not being able to participate in basic training, green card holde without a completed background check may have their certificate revoked. It is unclear how changes in policy may impact how those already deployed may be impacted.

The process to becoming a citizen may not necessarily be a linear one. Changes to immigration law or other policy changes may impact the options and timeline an individual may face in doing so. Those who are seeking citizenship may benefit by talking to an immigration and naturalization attorney. This may be especially helpful to those with limited English reading or writing skills.

An attorney may be able to answer questions about immigration paperwork or help with inquiries that the government may have in an accurate and timely manner. Those who are required to have a background check for any reason may rely on an attorney for help gathering necessary paperwork to complete that step.

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