USAF International Student & Citizenship?

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  1. jemshko

    jemshko New Member

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    I'll cut to the chase...

    I understand that the USAFA [United States Air Force Academy] offers an international student program for those, eligible, to apply [ex. Cant pass your 23rd birthday on July, etc].

    This being said, Will my boyfriend [Assuming he'd participate in this via Canada] be eligible for a green card / Citizenship when he attend the Academy for 5 years? [+1 year via the prep school].

    If so, will he need to give up his Duel citizenship with Canada / Russia to be an American?

    In other words, he wishes to serve his obligational [sp?] years of service, within the USA, after he graduates from the Academy [Intel. Officer. / Pilot. He's first year of a credential Canadian university as it is + a 3.5+ GPA, for a better approach to the possible 'selection process' of the USAFA]. Will having to intend to serve in the USAF / Being a military student help with the process of his citizenship?

    Please answer in full with links / proof & possible expirence that you may have. Thanks for reading.
     
  2. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator Moderator Founding Member

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    The International Student program is for participating countries to send their students to USAFA for schooling. They are selected and sponsored by their home country, and then the students return to their native country to serve in their air force. There is also an exchange program where students at a foreign air force academy can attend USAFA for a semester.

    What you are asking about would require your boyfriend to immigrate to the US, obtain citizenship before starting at USAFA, and renounce all other citizenships.

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  3. FromRVa15

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    On the topic of international citizenship... USAFA requires all its appointees to be US citizens right? What happens if someone has dual citizenship? USAFA will require him/her to give up the other nationality? Will there be a penalty?
     
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    Yes, they would be required to renounce their citizenship other than that of the Untied States.

    I don't understand what you mean by a penalty. In what regard?

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  5. FromRVa15

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    Penalty, in ANY regard. Will the AF be displeased if the person has a dual citizenship, and hid the fact till their appointment? Or will they just say "Ok, give us the other passport, and you are only American now."
     
  6. Christcorp

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    That's pretty difficult to do. The United State; "Last time I checked"; doesn't allow dual citizenship, so if you were ANOTHER nationality and wanted to become a U.S. citizen, you would be REQUIRED to not be a citizen of the other country. HOWEVER: If you were already a U.S. Citizen, and wanted to become a citizen of ANOTHER COUNTRY, there are many that have no problem with dual citizenship and would allow it.

    So; the ONLY way you could be a U.S. citizen with dual citizenship, is if you were a U.S. Citizen FIRST. In which case, there isn't anything that the U.S. is going to say/do. They aren't going to revoke your citizenship. Once you're a citizen, you're a citizen. "Unless you intentionally denounce it". If you are BECOMING a U.S. Citizen, the U.S. WON'T allow you to maintain your old citizenship if you want to become a U.S. citizen.
     
  7. hokiesfan

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    The rules changed a while back and dual citizenship for naturalized Americans is permitted under certain circumstances. For example, Canadians may retain their Canadian citizenship when they obtain US citizenship.

    However, that may only be true for civilians - there may be different rules for the military.
     
  8. Nav84

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    Dual Citizenship

    I am not claiming this is what USAFA will do, but this is what the official AF guidance reads:

    According to AFI 31-501:

    Dual Citizenship. A security concern could exist when a military member, DoD civilian, contractor, or consultant is submitted for a personnel security investigation and they are a dual citizen and/or possess/use a foreign passport.

    5.7.1. Dual Citizenship. Dual citizenship in and of itself is not an automatic disqualifier for security clearance eligibility. However, possession of dual citizenship and particularly the exercise of dual citizenship is a condition that raises a security concern and may be a disqualifying factor in a security clearance eligibility determination. There are factors that could mitigate the maintenance of dual citizenship, as outlined in DoD 5200.2-R, App I, Foreign Preference. An individual’s expressed willingness to renounce dual citizenship is one of the conditions that could mitigate security concerns.

    5.7.2. Possession or Use of a Foreign Passport. Possession and/or use of a foreign passport in preference to a US passport raises doubt as to whether the person’s allegiance to the US is paramount and could also facilitate foreign travel unverifiable by the US. The security clearance will be denied or revoked, unless the applicant surrenders the foreign passport or obtains official approval for its use from SAF/AA.

    5.7.3. Surrendering the Passport. Individuals who indicate they possess a foreign passport in item 15 of the Electronic Personnel Security Questionnaire or item 17d on the Standard Form 86, “Questionnaire for National Security Positions,” will be required to surrender the passport via one of the following methods:

    5.7.3.1. Return the passport to the appropriate country embassy or consulate via certified receipt mail. A copy of the transmittal memo forwarding the passport and the return receipt will be forwarded to the AFCAF.

    5.7.3.2. Destroy the passport as witnessed by an AF security manager. Cut up the passport and place in a burn bag. The witnessing security manager will document the destruction of the passport in an explanatory memorandum, which will be forwarded to the AFCAF and a copy provided to the subject.

    5.7.4. Security Clearance Eligibility. In order for individuals who hold foreign passport and dual citizenship to be considered for and/or be granted security clearance eligibility the following must be completed:

    5.7.4.1. Provide a written statement expressing their willingness to renounce foreign citizenship claims in favor of a sole United States citizenship status. Actual renouncement is not required.

    5.7.4.2. Return and or destroy the passport.

    5.7.5. The renouncement statement and documentation of destruction of the passport must be provided to the AFCAF. The AFCAF reviews each case on its own merits to determine security clearance eligibility.

    5.7.6. This same guidance will apply if the passport is identified after a security clearance determination is made.
     

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