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On Wednesday, February 7 at 9:00 a.m., 35 U.S. Navy students, nine of which are foreign-born members serving in the military, will be graduating from the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Thomas Nelson Community College. The ceremony will take place at the Mary T. Christian Auditorium on the College’s Hampton campus with keynote speaker CDR Christine L. Howe, Senior Laboratory Officer, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va.
Foreign-born members in this graduating class represent Yemen, Liberia, Germany, Ecuador, Haiti, Guyana, Nigeria, Philippines and Ghana. Based on the special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), the foreign-born military members’ applications for citizenship was streamlined and expedited. In addition, as of October 1, 2004 when President Bush signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004, members of the U.S. Armed Forces do not pay a fee when filing for citizenship. Therefore, military service members are exempt from other naturalization requirements outlined in the INA.