Can an illegal immigrant join the military? 8 Answers as of June 02, 2013

I am an illegal immigrant. Is it possible for me to join the Marines?

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King & Ballow
King & Ballow | Bruce E. Buchanan
Answer Applies to: Tennessee
Replied: 6/2/2013
Law Offices of Grinberg and Segal
Law Offices of Grinberg and Segal | Alexander Segal
This is a question best left to a recruiter. There have been programs in the past that have allowed illegal immigrants to join the military, but these are enacted from time to time by the individual branches of the services.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/15/2011
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Reza Athari
As far as I remember, it is not possible anymore but ask a recruiter for their policy.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 11/15/2011
World Esquire Law Firm
World Esquire Law Firm | Aime Katambwe
Yes it is. Go see them at their recruitment offices and they will tell you what you need to do.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/15/2011
Joseph Law Firm
Joseph Law Firm | Jeff Joseph
No. You must have legal status to join the military. There are undocumented individuals serving in the military but they would have to have committed fraud on their enlistment forms in order to be accepted.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 11/14/2011
    All American Immigration
    All American Immigration | Tom Youngjohn
    Maybe through Special Ops, but generally, no, it is not possible. But don't just assume that you can trust me, or that I'm even right. Please get a second opinion.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/14/2011
    Immigration Attorneys, LLP | Robert R. Gard
    The short answer is no. It doesn't mean that a given branch of the armed services or a cooperative recruiter won't try to green light an enlistment where the person possesses valuable skills that are required by the military but the rules prohibit this. The military did have a program where they were accepting certain lawful non-immigrants but the Administration has not followed through on this program.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 11/14/2011
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