U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
Regulations most recently checked for updates: Oct 26, 2020
As used in this part:
Honorable service and separation means service and separation from service which the executive department under which the applicant served determines to be honorable, including:
(1) That such applicant had not been separated from service on account of alienage;
(2) That such applicant was not a conscientious objector who performed no military, air or naval duty; and
(3) That such applicant did not refuse to wear a military uniform.
Service in an active duty status in the Armed Forces of the United States means active service in the following organizations:
(1) United States Army, United States Navy, United States Marines, United States Air Force, United States Coast Guard; or
(2) A National Guard unit during such time as the unit is Federally recognized as a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States and that unit is called for active duty.
World War I means the period beginning on April 6, 1917, and ending on November 11, 1918.
To be eligible for naturalization under section 329(a) of the Act, an applicant must establish that he or she:
(a) Has served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States as a member of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve or in an active duty status in the Armed Forces of the United States during:
(1) World War I;
(2) The period beginning on September 1, 1939 and ending on December 31, 1946;
(3) The period beginning on June 25, 1950 and ending on July 1, 1955;
(4) The period beginning on February 28, 1961 and ending on October 15, 1978; or
(5) Any other period as may be designated by the President in an Executive Order pursuant to section 329(a) of the Act;
(b) If separated, has been separated honorably from service in the Armed Forces of the United States under paragraph (a) of this section;
(c) Satisfies the permanent residence requirement in one of the following ways:
(1) Any time after enlistment or induction into the Armed Forces of the United States, the applicant was lawfully admitted to the United States as a permanent resident; or
(2) At the time of enlistment or induction, the applicant was physically present in the geographical territory of the United States, the Canal Zone, American Samoa, Midway Island (prior to August 21, 1959), or Swain's Island, or in the ports, harbors, bays, enclosed sea areas, or the three-mile territorial sea along the coasts of these land areas, whether or not the applicant has been lawfully admitted to the United States as a permanent resident;
(d) Has been, for at least one year prior to filing the application for naturalization, and continues to be, of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and favorably disposed toward the good order and happiness of the United States; and
(e) Has complied with all other requirements for naturalization as provided in part 316 of this chapter, except that:
(1) The applicant may be of any age;
(2) The applicant is not required to satisfy the residence requirements under § 316.2 (a)(3) through (a)(6) of this chapter; and
(3) The applicant may be naturalized even if an outstanding notice to appear pursuant to 8 CFR part 239 (including a charging document issued to commence proceedings under sections 236 or 242 of the Act prior to April 1, 1997) exists.
(a) Application. An applicant for naturalization under section 329 of the Act must submit an application on the form prescribed by USCIS in accordance with the form instructions and as provided in 8 CFR 316.4.
(b) Evidence. The applicant's eligibility for naturalization under 8 CFR 329.2(a), (b), or (c)(2) will be established only by a certification of honorable service by the executive department under which the applicant served or is serving.