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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

USCIS Policy Memo: Discretionary Options for Designated Spouses, Parents, and Sons and Daughters of Certain Military Personnel, Veterans, and Enlistees (Nov. 23, 2016)

USCIS, Nov. 23, 2016 - "This policy memorandum (PM) clarifies and supplements guidance issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in 2013 (“the 2013 PM”)1 with respect to designated family members of certain military personnel and veterans. Specifically, this PM provides...

Interview with Margaret Stock on DOD/USCIS Shutdown of MAVNI

Texas Standard, May 2, 2017 - "[T]he New York Times is reporting the process of granting citizenship to immigrant soldiers is suffering serious delays. Margaret Stock, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, and a lawyer representing some people suing the government for not fulfilling...

"Paranoid" Pentagon Has "Destroyed" MAVNI Program

Alex Horton, Stars & Stripes, May 18, 2017 - "Earlier this spring, Dr. Kusuma Nio was anticipating two things in May. The trauma surgeon hoped to deploy with his Army Reserve unit to Afghanistan, where his expertise in treating catastrophic injuries would be vital to U.S. and Afghan forces roiled...

CISOMB Acknowledges MAVNI Crisis, Gives Weak Response

Annual Report 2017, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ombudsman, June 29, 2017 See pp. 14-18, Key Facts and Findings: „ Pursuant to a combination of laws and programs, foreign nationals who serve in the military are eligible for special immigration benefits, including naturalization upon completion...