2000 Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act (An act to facilitate the naturalization of aliens who served with special guerilla units or irregular forces in Laos)
H.R. 371; Pub.L. 106-207; 114 Stat. 316.
106th Congress; May 26, 2000.
2000 Amendment of the Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act (An act to amend the Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of 2000 to extend the applicability of that Act to certain former spouses of deceased Hmong veterans)
H.R. 5234; Pub.L. 106-415; 114 Stat. 1810.
106th Congress. November 1, 2000.
This act’s intention was to “facilitate the naturalization of aliens who served with special guerilla units or irregular forces in Laos.” This act allowed for the English language requirements to be waved, as well as consideration for certain civic requirements, for any Laos national who served in a special guerilla unit or irregular forces in support of the United States between February 28, 1961 and September 18, 1978. This includes the spouse of the person who applied to the US as a refugee. The extension of the Hmong Naturalization Act allows for spouses of a deceased Hmong veteran to also apply for naturalization as long as the veteran was killed in Laos, Thailand or Vietnam. Those who were eligible would have had to apply within 18 months after this Act was passed.
(Summary by Shauna Fellers)
Changes to the Hmong Veterans’ Naturalization Act of 2000 [opens PDF]- This is a government-issued fact sheet that delves deeper into the Hmong Veteran’s Naturalization Act and covers such topics as eligibility, how to apply, and language requirements as well as special considerations for civics testing.