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Immigration Law

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 eligibility for certain health care professionals in areas where the military Services have shortfalls, and certain experts in languages critical to the Department.  MAVNI was a one-year pilot initially approved in 2008 by the Department.  The initial pilot program ran through December 31, 2009 and had a cap of 1,000 total recruits for all Services.  The program was re-instated on May 16, 2012, with a cap of 1,500 accessions per year for all Services.  Sept. 25, 2014, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright signed a memorandum authorizing the extension of the MAVNI program until the end of Fiscal Year 2016." - DOD, Nov. 2014.