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Kirwa v. Mattis (Expedited Naturalization for Soldiers) Moves Forward
Posted on 11 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Plaintiffs, and the class whom they represent, are non-citizens serving in the United States Army’s Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve (“Selected Reserve”) who enlisted under the United States Department of Defense’s Military... Read More

Tags: mavni , kirwa

Pentagon Blocks Army Reservists From Naturalizing Under INA Sec. 329
Posted on 24 Aug 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DoD Memo, Aug. 17, 2017 - "Effectively immediately, I withhold authority to certify the honorable service (N-426) of Soldiers who have not yet attended Initial Entry Training (IET)." Margaret Stock , BIB Editorial Board Member, MacArthur... Read More

News Excerpts From the Feb. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 23 Jan 2015 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

Pentagon Policy Prevents Fully-Vetted Green Card Holder from Enlisting in Army Reserve
Posted on 26 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, Dec. 26, 2017 - "The day after Mohanad Albdairi began his enlistment in the Army Reserve, recruiters called him back with bad news: Immigrants, even those here legally, can no longer join the Reserve force. ... Read More

Foreign-Born Recruits, Promised Fast Track to Citizenship, Stuck in ‘Mindless Bureaucracy’
Posted on 11 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Dianna Cahn, Stars and Stripes, Apr. 9, 2018 - "Their brains, specialized talents and home country made them sought-after assets for the U.S. military. Now these ambitious, well-educated Army recruits are finding themselves sidelined and under... Read More

Tags: stock , mavni , Army

MAVNI Recruits at Risk for Deportation
Posted on 12 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NPR, June 12, 2018 - "A Chinese national who joined the U.S. Army is facing deportation before he has a chance to gain citizenship through military service. His lawyer says he'll face reprisals if he is returned to China." Read More

Military Spending Bill Provides 'Temporary Reprieve' for Some MAVNIs
Posted on 13 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

WaPo, Dec. 12, 2017 - "The defense authorization bill signed Tuesday by President Trump includes a measure to shield immigrant recruits from enlistment contract cancellations — and the specter of deportation — as they wait for drawn-out... Read More

MAVNI Security Clearance Victory in Seattle - Tiwari v. Mattis
Posted on 12 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tiwari v. Mattis, Apr. 11, 2018 - "THIS MATTER comes before the Court on Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction, docket no. 78 (the “Motion”). The Motion presents the following question: Should the Department of Defense ... Read More

News Excerpts From the October 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 2 Oct 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

Trump DOD Reverses Bush Policy Allowing Expedited Military Naturalizations, All Military Naturalization Applicants Warned to Expect Major Delays
Posted on 17 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Margaret D. Stock , the creator of MAVNI, states: “Xenophobia has been formally institutionalized at the Pentagon. Many immigrants who sign enlistment contracts will no longer be able to naturalize through military service, since they must now pass... Read More

Court Enjoins DOD's MAVNI Block: Kirwa v. U.S. Dept. of Defense
Posted on 26 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kirwa v. U.S. Dept. of Defense, Oct. 25, 2017 - "Plaintiffs are three non-citizens serving in the United States Army’s Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve (“Selected Reserve”) who enlisted under the United States Department of... Read More

Another MAVNI Class Action Certified: Nio v. DHS
Posted on 28 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nio v. DHS, Oct. 27, 2017 - "Plaintiffs seek to certify a class, under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(1) or (2), consisting of all persons who (1) enlisted in the Selected Reserve, (2) have served honorably in the military “through participation... Read More

Excerpts from the Dec. 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 26 Nov 2012 by LexisNexis Immigration Law Community Staff

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... Read More

Army Attempting to Comply with Kirwa v. Mattis Injunction
Posted on 30 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Oct. 30, 2017 - Margaret D. Stock writes: "The Army is now attempting to comply with the Court-ordered injunction in Kirwa v. Mattis. See attached . MAVNI Reservists may want to take action immediately based on the attached memo ." Read More