Johnlee9243

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Dear All,

I am currently a Junior studying at a International School (American Curriculum) in the Philippines and I am a US Citizen by birth. Both my parents are not US citizens, but I have relatives (aunt/uncle) that currently live in the US (California, Michigan, etc). Would It be possible for me to get a nomination from the State they live in? If so what do I need to do to get it? If not what can I do to become a resident of the state they live in?


Thank you all so much!
 
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Capt MJ

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Dear All,

I am currently a Junior studying at a International School (American Curriculum) in the Philippines and I am a US Citizen by birth. Both my parents are not US citizens, but I have relatives (aunt/uncle) that currently live in the US (California, Michigan, etc). Would It be possible for me to get a nomination from the State they live in? If so what do I need to do to get it? If not what can I do to become a resident of the state they live in?


Thank you all so much!
I recommend you contact USMA Admissions, the official source, for specific guidance on what nominations you are eligible for.

You can certainly apply for the VP nom, but that is always a long shot. There are also nominations controlled by USMA that you don’t apply for. Read the Sticky note at the top of the Nominations forum here on SAF.

Whether or not you can claim residency in any U.S. states in your particular situation is a lot less clear. Elected officials in those states want to give people who meet the residency requirements for their states and districts the opportunity to compete for a nomination to service academies.

Each state has its own website, usually ending in “.gov”. You can research those sites for residency requirements.

Here’s a wild card suggestion. There is a West Point Society for the Philippines, the local West Point alumni group. They have a Facebook page, as well as a contact name for their President on the West Point Association of Graduates (the alumni association for USMA) website, see link below. You might find an advocate there to help you figure this out, unofficially, and you might well find excellent support. The truly unique thing about graduates from service academies is the bond they build among graduates, classmates and the school. Most grads are eager to talk about their school and support those who are interested.

 

MidCakePa

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Here’s a wild card suggestion. There is a West Point Society for the Philippines, the local West Point alumni group.
Building on terrific advice from @Capt MJ. When contacting the WP Philippines alumni association, make it clear that you’re seeking to enter USMA as an American citizen, i.e. no different from a candidate in the U.S.

This is in contrast to being a cadet sponsored by the Philippines government to attend USMA as part of ongoing joint national-security programs. Each year the DOD SAs swear in several cadets/mids from allied countries, and the Philippines is a leading contributor of these candidates. But as a U.S. citizen, you’d be seeking the traditional path. Members of the Philippines association will most likely have attended WP as government-sponsored cadets, not via the path you seek. But like @Capt MJ, I’m guessing they can be tremendously helpful.
 

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Building on terrific advice from @Capt MJ. When contacting the WP Philippines alumni association, make it clear that you’re seeking to enter USMA as an American citizen, i.e. no different from a candidate in the U.S.

This is in contrast to being a cadet sponsored by the Philippines government to attend USMA as part of ongoing joint national-security programs. Each year the DOD SAs swear in several cadets/mids from allied countries, and the Philippines is a leading contributor of these candidates. But as a U.S. citizen, you’d be seeking the traditional path. Members of the Philippines association will most likely have attended WP as government-sponsored cadets, not via the path you seek. But like @Capt MJ, I’m guessing they can be tremendously helpful.
Good distinction to make, thank you. I thought about mentioning that, but didn’t want to pile it all in one post.
 

Johnlee9243

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I recommend you contact USMA Admissions, the official source, for specific guidance on what nominations you are eligible for.

You can certainly apply for the VP nom, but that is always a long shot. There are also nominations controlled by USMA that you don’t apply for. Read the Sticky note at the top of the Nominations forum here on SAF.

Whether or not you can claim residency in any U.S. states in your particular situation is a lot less clear. Elected officials in those states want to give people who meet the residency requirements for their states and districts the opportunity to compete for a nomination to service academies.

Each state has its own website, usually ending in “.gov”. You can research those sites for residency requirements.

Here’s a wild card suggestion. There is a West Point Society for the Philippines, the local West Point alumni group. They have a Facebook page, as well as a contact name for their President on the West Point Association of Graduates (the alumni association for USMA) website, see link below. You might find an advocate there to help you figure this out, unofficially, and you might well find excellent support. The truly unique thing about graduates from service academies is the bond they build among graduates, classmates and the school. Most grads are eager to talk about their school and support those who are interested.

Although I live in the Philippines, both my parents are Taiwanese Citizens. Is There a West Point society in Taiwan?
 

MidCakePa

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Although I live in the Philippines, both my parents are Taiwanese Citizens. Is There a West Point society in Taiwan?
@Capt MJ gave you a running start by mentioning a couple of online paths to research this topic further. Have you explored those routes? If not, please do so now. An important aspect of the SA application process is primary research — digging in, digging deep, starting with the SA website and going from there.
 
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