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Offline bribric

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My husband is not officially a US citizen
« on: October 27, 2015, 05:28:36 AM »
So it has always been my dream to join the Peace Corps. I've lived and worked in France the last two years. My fiance is French and he and I will be married soon and he really would love to be a volunteer with me. Does anyone know if he can be a volunteer with me through the PC even if he isn't fully a citizen yet after we are married?

Offline amanda_pearl

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Re: My husband is not officially a US citizen
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2015, 07:14:44 AM »
He will have to be a US citizen in order to serve in the Peace Corps. He could be a dual citizen and serve, but has to hold American citizenship.

Offline bribric

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Re: My husband is not officially a US citizen
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2015, 07:25:18 AM »
So if he had his green card it wouldn't work then?  :(

Offline amanda_pearl

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Re: My husband is not officially a US citizen
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2015, 07:43:17 AM »
No. Here are the legal requirements to serve in PC:

http://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/learn/howvol/legal/

He must be a citizen prior to applying.

Offline Jeff

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Re: My husband is not officially a US citizen
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2015, 07:44:20 AM »
Unfortunately, you must be a US citizen to serve; you may be able to serve without your fiance, but he'd have to be a citizen as well to serve.

In order to serve you must qualify for a US Passport as Peace Corps will provide you one for service, and I don't believe green card holders are eligible.
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Offline Jeff

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Re: My husband is not officially a US citizen
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2015, 07:45:06 AM »
Amanda beat me to it!
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Offline koji

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Re: My husband is not officially a US citizen
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2015, 03:00:37 PM »
I feel you, and your desire to serve with your spouse. I met my spouse while I was serving in Bulgaria, towards the end of my service. I had already planned to study abroad for a year and then apply for a response corps position in Georgia, then perhaps do another full two years. But I can't imagine doing all of that without my husband. Although he would gladly be a PCV, he will never be a US citizen (as we are not intending to move back to the states), so my dreams of doing peace corps again are pretty much crushed.

But, if he can get dual citizenship and you can serve together, that would be great for you. Alternatively, think about response corps positions that would not separate you for such an extended period of time, maybe?