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President Signs Military Personnel Citizenship Processing Act
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President George W. Bush signed a law on October 9, 2008 to speed the Naturalization process for members of the military and their immediate families.

The bill, called the Military Personnel Citizenship Processing Act, establishes an Office of the FBI Liaison in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is meant to help the FBI process naturalization applications for people in the military.

The law applies to members and former members of the Armed Forces and current spouses of active Armed Forces members, as well as surviving spouses and children of U.S. citizens who died while on active duty.

The provision also applies to deceased people eligible for posthumous citizenship.

The Military Personnel Citizenship Processing Act requires that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) process a naturalization application within six months for Armed Forces members and their families, or provide an explanation why the deadline could not be met.

The bill, originally sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., along with 5 co-sponsors, was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on September 24. It passed the House a few days later without dissent; the roll call vote showed 416 in favor, zero against and 17 present and not voting.


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