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Immigration Law

USCIS MAVNI Update (Aug. 3, 2016)

USCIS, Aug. 3, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to provide information about the existing Department of Defense (DOD) Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) Program. This update incorporates currently available information about MAVNI and does not establish new policies or procedures. ... 

Policy Highlights:

  • Provides the DOD MAVNI eligibility requirements including who may be eligible. 
  • Explains that the DOD does not permit MAVNI applicants who are nonimmigrants to have been abroad for more than 90 days during the 2-year period preceding enlistment. 
  • Clarifies that J visa exchange visitors (and their dependent spouse or child) who enlist through MAVNI are not required to comply with the INA 212(e) residency requirement to naturalize."