I am an international student, I was told at first that I could not join the military, then another recruiter told me I could.

Asked over 1 year ago - Moline, IL

Can I join the military as an international student and serve for four years? While enrolling, can I hire an immigration lawyer to help me pursue a green card? By the way, I love the military. I will be a LPN in two semester if that helps.

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  1. Philip Douglas Cave

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    Answered . Yes, if you are here lawfully and otherwise qualify you can enlist.
    Over the last ten years thousands of foreign nationals have been granted US citizenship using an expedited process by serving in the Armed Forces.

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  2. Alexander Joseph Segal

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    Answered . You should listen to the recruiter. They do have programs now, which in some circumstances may be available to you.

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  3. William Emil Cassara

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    Answered . The military has programs for one to obtain citizenship after enlisting. Go with the recruiter who says you can join.

  4. Rixon Charles Rafter III

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    Answered . I am swimming upstream on this one-unless something has changed very recently and I missed it, you must have a green card to enlist (INS I-151/I-551) in any service branch. You used language suggesting you do NOT have a green card--I think you are NOT eligible to enlist.

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  5. J. Thomas Smith Ph.D.

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues.

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  6. John Daniel Hafemann

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues. Serving honorably in the armed forces opened the door to citizenship many.

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