How Do I Benefit From the Hmong
Veterans' Naturalization Law?
What is the Hmong Veterans'
The Hmong Veterans’
Naturalization Act of 2000, which became law on May 26, 2000, provides an
exemption from the English language requirement and special consideration for
civics testing for certain refugees from Laos applying for naturalization.
Where Can I Find the Law?
The general law on
naturalization is located at Section 312 and Section 316 of the Immigration and
Nationality Act. You may also access the Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of
2000. You can also access the November 1, 2000, revisions to the Act.
Who is Eligible?
You may be eligible to apply
for the exemption and special consideration if you can answer "yes"
to any of the following questions:
you admitted to the United States as a refugee from Laos (pursuant to section
207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act), AND did you support the United
States military by serving with a special guerrilla unit (SGU), or irregular
forces operating from a base in Laos at any time between February 28, 1961
through September 18, 1978? OR
you the widow of such a veteran described above who died or was killed in Laos, Thailand,
or Vietnam and were you
admitted to the United State as a refugee from Laos (pursuant to section 207 of
the Immigration and Nationality Act)? OR
you married to such a veteran the day the veteran applied for admission into
the United States as a refugee from Laos and were you admitted into the United
State as a refugee from Laos (pursuant to section 207 of the Immigration and
How Do I Apply?
those who currently have pending naturalization applications–can request this
benefit at the time of their naturalization interview. There are no additional
forms to be completed and no additional fee.
Form N-400 is filed with the USCIS Service
jurisdiction over your place of residence.