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MAVNI Reinstated!

Margaret D. Stock , the creator of MAVNI , writes: "Attached is the MAVNI reauthorization letter . Please note that TPS holders are eligible for MAVNI, and that Portuguese and Haitian Creole have been added to the language list, as well as French, if the person holds citizenship in an 'African...

Immigration Law & the Military

"T he post-9/11 conflicts have caused major changes in the U.S. military, and those changes have had a substantial impact on non-U.S. citizens serving in the All-Volunteer Force, as well as on the non-citizen family members of U.S. military personnel. After 9/11, as one of the few lawyers with a...

MAVNI News

Two new MAVNI items: 1. Undated information sheet 2. Memo dated Sept. 25, 2012 reinstating program

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...

The Military’s Swift Path to Citizenship: MAVNI

"We hope that the Army swiftly makes up for lost time with new classes of high-caliber recruits, and that the other service branches ramp up their own participation. The program will accept 1,500 people a year for the next two years — good for the Army, but only a sliver of America’s...

ICE on MAVNI: A Guide for DSOs

F and M Students and MAVNI - A Guide for Designated School Officials - ICE, October 2012

Excerpts from the Dec. 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

F and M Students: MAVNI Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest allows certain noncitizens who are legally present in the United States to join the U.S. military and apply immediately for U.S. citizenship using Form N-400 without first obtaining lawful permanent resident status. The program...

Army Sgt. from Nepal (Naturalized via MAVNI) Named 'Soldier of the Year'

USCIS, Dec. 7, 2012 : "Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, SGT Saral K. Shrestha knew he wanted a military career from the time he was a small boy. Watching shows about the military on television, he dreamed of life as a soldier. As a young man, Shrestha's mother urged him to pursue higher...

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...

MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest): Noncitizens May Bypass the Green Card Process and Earn U.S. Citizenship for Military Service

By Margaret D. Stock Noncitizens who serve honorably in the U.S. military now may be able to naturalize without first obtaining "green cards" or meeting any residency requirements. This is possible through a Pentagon program called "Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest...

An Air Force Reservist–and Now, an American

"Terrico Cadogan became the first U.S. citizen in his family. His naturalization process was expedited because he served in the Air Force Reserves. Dressed in his navy blue uniform with a perfectly aligned tie and shiny black shoes, just days before the birthdate of America’s independence...

MacArthur fellow Margaret Stock: The public ‘doesn’t understand’ unauthorized immigration

"To Pentagon staffers, Anchorage-based immigration lawyer Margaret Stock has always been “scary smart.” But as of this week, Stock enters a select group of “geniuses,” more formally known as MacArthur fellows. The MacArthur Foundation awards each recipient a “genius...

MacArthur Foundation Fellow Margaret Stock: Video

"We are joined for AILA's October Interview of the Month by Margaret Stock on Skype from Anchorage, Alaska, to discuss her immigration law efforts on behalf of veterans and their families that led to her being named one of the 2013 MacArthur Foundation's Fellows." - AILA YouTube Quicktake...

MAVNI Language Program Expanded to Reserve Components

"This memorandum responds to the Army's request to expand the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) Pilot Program to include the Reserve Components. We understand the circumstances that necessitate this request and agree to expand MAVNI to the Reserve Components." ...

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

Labor Department to Delay Implementation of BALCA Ruling in Island Holdings | On December 20, 2013, the Labor Department announced that it would seek review of the ruling issued by the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals in Matter of Island Holdings LLC , which vacated supplemental prevailing...

Good Citizenship

"“I’m not in a powerful position,” says Margaret Stock MPA 2001. “All I can do are the little things I’m capable of doing.” Even so, those little things have added up to a lot—specifically, a program that has the potential to change the lives of thousands...

Stock in Trade: Ingenuity

"When Margaret Stock [Harvard Law] ’92 was young, her great-grandfather, an Army veteran of the Philippine-American War and World War I, lived at her house in Wellesley, Mass. She used to go through his military memorabilia with him—awards, a mirror he’d used in the trenches, and...

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...

Only a Handful of DACAs Will Benefit from MAVNI Expansion

"This week’s announcement that young undocumented immigrants can now enlist in the military may benefit only a handful of DREAMers. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and former professor at West Point, said the Defense Department’s announcement is...

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...

Updated DOD MAVNI Fact Sheet - Nov. 2014

"The Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program authorizes the military services to recruit those in a legal immigration status whose skills are considered to be “vital to the national interest,” and critical to the military services. Specifically, this program provides...

212(e) Guidance for J-2 spouse of J-1 MAVNI - USCIS

"USCIS HQ Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 11:36 AM Subject: Guidance for J2 spouse of J1 MAVNI Good Morning, USCIS Field Office Directorate (FOD), Citizenship Branch, has shared the following guidance with its field offices. Please disseminate to any personnel who are involved in the...

News Excerpts From the Feb. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Weighing Program to Streamline Employment-Based Immigration Requests | On January 15, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security announced the potential launch of a pilot program later this year to streamline adjudications of employment-based immigration requests by known U.S. employers. According...