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Immigrants in the Military: Margaret D. Stock's Veterans Day Speech
Posted on 16 Nov 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MacArthur Foundation Fellow (and Bender's Immigration Bulletin Editorial Board Member) Margaret D. Stock gave this speech in Anchorage on Nov. 10, 2022. Read More

USCIS Policy Alert: Calixto Settlement Agreement and MAVNI Naturalization Applicants
Posted on 7 Oct 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Oct. 7, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to update guidance regarding certain Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) naturalization applicants based... Read More

Tags: mavni , calixto , USCIS

Calixto Settlement (9-22-22)
Posted on 22 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Calixto v. U.S. Dept. of the Army "ORDERED that the parties' Joint Motion for Certification of Class, Appointment of Class Counsel, and Approval of Settlement Agreement ("Motion") [Dkt. No. 253] is GRANTED; it is FURTHER ORDERED that... Read More

Tags: mavni , calixto

Calixto Updates: NOTICE OF PROPOSED CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND FAIRNESS HEARING
Posted on 13 Sep 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MAVNI Class Action Litigation IMPORTANT TIME-SENSITIVE NOTICE REGARDING Calixto, et al. v. United States Department of the Army, et al. , Civil Action No. 18-1551 NOTICE OF PROPOSED CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND FAIRNESS HEARING Per the Court’s... Read More

Tags: mavni , calixto

Another MAVNI Victory: Miriyeva v. USCIS
Posted on 22 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriyeva v. USCIS "Plaintiff filed this action under 8 U.S.C. § 1421(c) seeking judicial review of USCIS’s determination that she is ineligible to naturalize based on her “uncharacterized” discharge. ... Plaintiff plausibly... Read More

MAVNI Victory in Minn. - Alam v. USCIS
Posted on 21 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alam v. USCIS "Alam enlisted in the United States Army through MAVNI — a program to provide an expedited path to citizenship for immigrant soldiers with specialized skills. The Army discharged Alam from service for medical reasons and gave... Read More

"Sterling Success" in Kirwa Litigation Earns $700K EAJA Fee Award
Posted on 20 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kirwa v. Department of Defense "The Court will grant the parties’ Joint Motion for Attorneys’ Fees, approve the parties’ Settlement Agreement [Dkt. No. 251-2], and award attorneys’ fees and costs in the amount of $700,000... Read More

Tags: mavni , kirwa , eaja

New Asylum Office "China Initiative" Questions
Posted on 15 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MacArthur Fellow Margaret D. Stock (the founder of MAVNI) writes: "This is a new set of questions that the Asylum Officers are now asking Chinese asylum applicants who have studied in STEM fields in the US (which is practically everyone, as I think... Read More

Tags: mavni , China , asylum

MAVNI 2.0? - A Digital Military Talent Initiative for Noncitizen Technologists
Posted on 11 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jordan Sun, James Long, Alex McLeod, Matthew Fitzgerald, February 2022 A Digital Military Talent Initiative for Noncitizen Technologists "Competent and innovative technologists are crucial to the future of U.S. national security. But the National... Read More

Tags: mavni

Senate Testimony: Honoring Veterans and Military Families: An Examination of Immigration and Citizenship Policies for US Military Service Member, Veterans, and their Families
Posted on 24 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Statement of Margaret D. Stock Attorney, Cascadia Cross Border Law Group; Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Military Police Corps, US Army Reserve On “Honoring Veterans and Military Families: An Examination of Immigration and Citizenship Policies... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Senate

Plaintiffs Seek $9.7M in EAJA Fees, Costs in MAVNI Class Action (Nio)
Posted on 15 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PLAINTIFFS’ MEMORANDUM OF POINTS AND AUTHORITIES IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR FEES, EXPENSES, AND COSTS PURSUANT TO THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT [See generally, https://dcfederalcourtmavniclasslitigation.org/ ] Read More

These Recruits Were Promised Citizenship in Exchange for Military Service...Has the US Forgotten Them?
Posted on 16 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Richard Sisk, Military.com, Mar. 13, 2021 "For a small group of young immigrants who were pitched a dream of gaining U.S. citizenship through military service, even a call home can jeopardize their status and flag them to the FBI. That's life... Read More

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On This Veterans Day...
Posted on 11 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

FWD.US, Oct. 28, 2020 Immigrants Serving in the Military Have Earned Their Citizenship - Their Path to Naturalization Should Be Clear President-elect Biden and Congress can restore a fair path to citizenship for immigrants who serve "This Veteran’s... Read More

Military Naturalization Victory in DC: Samma v. DOD
Posted on 25 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Samma v. DOD "The United States has a long history of allowing noncitizens to serve in its military and providing those who serve with an expedited path to citizenship. But in recent years, despite its need for noncitizen enlistees to fill its... Read More

Needed MAVNI Doctors Sidelined from COVID-19 Battle
Posted on 25 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Alex Horton, Washington Post, Mar. 25, 2020 "Dozens of immigrant physicians who enlisted through a Pentagon program meant to harness their medical skills are stuck taking out trash and filing paperwork, an immigration attorney said, even as the... Read More

Tags: mavni , COVID-19