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Friday, October 2, 2015

FLO Assists with Expeditious Naturalization

FLO Assists with Expeditious Naturalization

The Family Liaison Office (FLO) assists over 100 foreign-born Department of State spouses each year to naturalize and become U.S. citizens. When certain conditions are met, spouses are able to apply for expeditious naturalization. The program is considered “expeditious” because the residency requirement is waived when living overseas on orders. Adjudication for all applications is administered by USCIS, with FLO acting as a liaison. While FLO can only act as a liaison for Department of State spouses, we can provide information to spouses from other agencies under Chief of Mission authority who would like to start the application process. To be eligible for expeditious naturalization, a spouse must be listed on the employee’s orders to an overseas post of more than twelve months, or have more than twelve months remaining at an overseas post. The applicant must also have legal permanent resident status (conditional or regular) before they can naturalize. As each case is different and the process takes several months, those wishing to apply for naturalization should contact FLO upon receipt of the employee’s TM One (assignment cable) to determine when they should initiate the application. Spouses interested in this program should visit FLO’s Expeditious Naturalization webpage for more information and links to USCIS’s website. For questions or to initiate an application, email FLOAskNaturalization@state.gov

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