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Pentagon Reopens Program Allowing Immigrants With Special Skills to Enlist; Fast Track to Citizenship

"Late last month, the Pentagon reopened a program to recruit legal immigrants with special language and medical skills, which was active for a year in 2009 but was suspended in January 2010. The program is small; it will enlist a total of 1,500 recruits each year for two years, mainly in the Army...

Join the Army, Speak a Language and Become a Citizen

"In 2009 the US Army piloted a yearlong program allowing immigrants with certain language skills or medical training to enlist in the military and receive citizenship by the end of basic training –that’s just 10 weeks. The program was a wild success, enlisting nearly 1,000 people with...

Pentagon Weighs MAVNI Renewal

"The program, Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or Mavni, authorizes the military, primarily the Army, to enlist legal immigrants who have special language and medical skills. Typically, participants are sworn in as citizens after completing basic training, without having to first...

Pentagon Extends, Expands MAVNI to Include DACA

"A small number of young immigrants who grew up in the United States without legal status will be allowed to join the military and have a fast-track pathway to citizenship, Pentagon officials announced Thursday, the first time those young people have been able to enlist. Undocumented young people...

News Excerpts From the October 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

White House Releases Refugee Ceilings for FY 2015 | On September 30, 2014, the White House released a presidential memorandum capping the number of refugee admissions at 70,000 for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizing citizens of some countries to seek refugee status from inside their countries...

MAVNI Program Halted

"A popular military enlistment program for immigrants with specialized skills is now stuck in bureaucratic limbo — after the Pentagon announced last month it would begin allowing some young immigrants without legal status into the program. Army officials confirmed Thursday that the program...