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Application Process for Citizenship/Residency for Soldiers and Families

Issue Number 515
Status Active
Issue Title Application Process for Citizenship/Residency for Soldiers and Families
Scope Soldiers and Family members frequently encounter problems with the citizenship and residency application process. Under most circumstances, the Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) will not accept DOD administered physical exams and fingerprinting. The Family member application process is further complicated by language barriers and inaccessibility to CIS services and facilities. Lack of effective assistance to Soldiers and their Families causes emotional hardship, additional costs, distraction from mission, and possible deportation of Family members.
Issue Recommendation Designate and train an installation liaison to assist Family Members with citizenship process; Obtain Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) approval of DOD administered fingerprinting and physical exams
Military Component Active Component
Demographic Group Family Members, Soldiers
Subject Area Family Support
Geographic Area Continental U.S.
Entered AFAP Nov 2002
Final Action Date
Accomplishments Updated 3/15/12: 1. The recommendation to designate a liaison was achieved via a Dec 06 revision to AR 608-1 which assigns the CIS liaison function to Army Community Service (ACS). Although the CIS mobile fingerprint unit is the preferred biometric collection method, the CIS agreed to accept fingerprint cards from domestic military installations. 2. To perform immigration physical examinations, USCIS must designate the physician as a civil surgeon. The CIS physical exam is complex and resource intensive, much beyond that which is required by DA. MEDCOM's subordinate commands all agreed that the CIS physical exam requirement (not a Title 10 mission) would markedly increase demands on limited resources, decreasing availability of services for recognized Title 10 requirements.
Outstanding Requirement Explore designating and certifying physicians in military treatment facilities as civil surgeons to perform immigration physical examinations for Family members.
Submitting Command US Army Forces Command
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