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Dear Editor:
In Immigration Daily's December 29th issue you write "Air Force Officer Receives Gift Of Naturalization". The USCIS issued a press release describing the military naturalization awarded to a military officer for his service in the Air Force." I must make you aware that these statements are incorrect. Citizenship is a prerequisite to receive a commission as an officer in the U.S. military. While permanent residents, or Green Card holders, do serve in the military, and in many cases do so with great distinction, they do so only as enlisted personnel, not officers. The USCIS's press release that your website refers to even states that having been awarded citizenship, the fellow in question will now pursue becoming a dentist in the Air Force as an officer. Now being a citizen, he will seek a commission as an officer, as well as being a dentist in that capacity, but citizenship was not granted to an officer, it was granted to an enlisted soldier who intends to become an officer. Your headline is misleading and incorrect. This subject is near and dear to me, being a West Point graduate and foreign national myself who was barred from a commission as an officer in the US Army because of the citizenship prerequisite.

Andrés Chaves Sanz

Editor's Note: We thank you for bringing the error of referring to the Airman as an "officer" to our notice. We have made the correction in our archives.



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