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  • #16
    Originally posted by gh View Post
    i believe the U.S. citizenship process is accelerated if you join the military, no?
    Yes. The standard 5 year residence period (3 years for marriage to a US citizen) is waived for the military. However, you usually need to have a green card before the military will accept* you, and that green card process can take years and cost over $10,000 in lawyer bills and immigration fees.


    *unless you qualify for a narrow set of specialized positions such as Arabic translator

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    • #17
      Originally posted by polevaultpower View Post

      The athletes who transfer in to the US have all lived here for many years before being granted citizenship, but our citizenship is very difficult to obtain and you generally have to live here a long time first. Off the top of my head, every athlete that has applied to transfer to the US since the new system took effect has had the waiting period waived (all had not competed for their old country in at least three years).
      Not every country is as strict as the US or the EU members (in most cases at least) in granting citizenship. Some will give it to a prospective Olympic medalist at a day's notice, which is why WA has imposed these rules.
      Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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      • #18
        A few more things about Halverson.

        -- She had never been to Armenia until she applied for a passport (in September 2019).
        -- She had considered competing for Armenia in Rio, but she was turned away at the Consulate because "she didn't know what she was doing."
        -- After that, she competed at USATF in 2017, and represented the USA in Thorpe Cup in Germany.
        -- She tried to compete for the US at the Pan American Games in 2018, but was not selected because the USATF changed the team selection rule.

        Allison Halverson's Armenian Dream — from Mission Valley to Tokyo Olympics - Times of San Diego

        If she had pursued an Armenian passport immediately after she was turned away by the Consulate in 2016, she would have been eligible to compete for Armenia long time ago. She only has herself to blame.

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