In the past, I inquired about the military naturalization several times and tried to get an idea on the situation I am currently in.
However it seems like what I feared is going to happen.
I am currently stationed in Korea, I have a record of more than 10 months active service and continuing, and I have a joint I-751 Removal of Conditions petition to file this August.
I am planning to turn in my application packet for warrant officer program in the Army, however one is required to be a US citizen before applying such commissioning programs. Well, INS has been advertising the "infamous" expedited naturalization for servicemembers, (http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/n...Brochurev7.pdf) it is free, fast and all that happy stuff.
Sounds like you can be in any status to apply for this type of citizenship, whether you are a permanent resident or not.
Well you are wrong, you can be an illegal to apply for naturalization if you have active duty service after Sept 11, however if you are a flippin CONDITIONAL RESIDENT, you can't do it. You can be anything but not a conditional resident in the military, they will halt you right away in your tracks!!!
Recently an infantry friend of mine applied under section 329 of the INA from Fort Campbell, KY and he ended up getting a NOA saying, we are sorry you need to remove your conditions first. Another Army paralegal on my current post who received an interview date on his citizenship application, was halted when INS realized he was a conditional resident and never filed a I-751 and his status expired.
Many people says, go to JAG on your post/base they will help you, wrong, they don't know anything about immigration matters, especially if you are among few who are in this situation.
After this point, my only question would be this; should I wait until August and enclose a copy of I-751 NOA along with the N-400? Will they be processed together?
Thanks, especially to INS supporting the troops, like my battle buddy said, we probably deserve posthumous citizenship which is easy to process.