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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...

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...

You Can Die For America, But You Can't Vote

"Kenyan native John Chombo was studying in the United States to become a nurse when he heard the U.S. Army was looking for people with health care or special language skills. He was qualified on both counts. He was studying nursing and was fluent in Swahili. In 2013 he was accepted into the Military...

Navy Recruiting Under MAVNI

US Navy MAVNI Facebook Community, Sept. 30, 2015 - "Thank you for your interest in the US Navy’s Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program. Please read the COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1133.13A Instruction: http://www.cnrc.navy.mil/Graphic-Elements/Directives-Pages/Effective...

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...

DoD MAVNI Memos (Sept. 2016)

Two Sept. 30, 2016 Department of Defense memos regarding the MAVNI program have surfaced, here and here .

SEVIS Broadcast Message on MAVNI (Dec. 2, 2016)

ICE, Dec. 2, 2016 - "The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently received notice from the U.S. Department of Defense on the status of Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) for fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017), from Oct.1, 2016 to Sep. 30, 2017. The U.S. Army will not...

American Soldiers Sue DoD Over MAVNI SNAFU - Tiwari v. Mattis

Tiwari et al. v. Mattis, No. 17-CV-242, W.D. Wa., Feb. 16, 2017 - "This action challenges unconstitutional national origin discrimination imposed by Department of Defense (DoD) guidance memoranda that summarily deny Plaintiffs -- who are all naturalized U.S. citizens -- the ability to apply for...

MAVNI Current Status (Margaret Stock, Mar. 30, 2017)

AILA Quicktake, Mar. 30, 2017 - "Author of "Immigration Law and the Military" and AILA member Margaret Stock shares details of where the MAVNI program stands."

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...

Soldiers Who Sue DOD Are Granted Exception To Policy: Tiwari v. Mattis Update (May 10, 2017)

See: Tiwari v. Mattis Doc. 23 (May 8, 2017) Arendt Declaration Stallings Declaration

"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...

Tiwari v. Mattis Update (May 19, 2017)

New pleadings filed in Tiwari v. Mattis on May 18-19, 2017 here . Hats off to Margaret Stock , Neil O'Donnell and Joe Shaeffer .

The Pentagon promised citizenship to immigrants who served. Now it might help deport them. (MAVNI)

Alex Horton, Washington Post, June 26, 2017 - "The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation, a Defense Department memo shows. The undated action memo, prepared for Defense...

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...

New Documents Filed in MAVNI Litigation: Nio v. DHS

Filed July 28, 2017 in Nio v. DHS: - Declaration of Daniel Renaud - Declaration of Stephanie P. Miller - Declaration of Rachel Canty

First Amended Complaint, Nio v. DHS (MAVNI Naturalization Litigation)

Nio v. DHS, Aug. 4, 2017 - "On behalf of a group of United States soldiers who deserve much more, this action seeks to restore honor, transparency, and the rule of law to a once-orderly naturalization process that has become plagued by dishonor, irrationality, and lawlessness. Until the actions...

Pentagon Blocks Army Reservists From Naturalizing Under INA Sec. 329

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 Foundation Fellow and creator of MAVNI, has this comment...

Latest Nio v. DHS Filings (Aug. 18, 2017)

Latest Nio v. DHS Filings (Aug. 18, 2017)

New MAVNI Lawsuit: Kirwa v. DoD

Kirwa v. DoD, filed Sept. 1, 2017 - "Plaintiffs bring this action on behalf of themselves and similarly-situated United States soldiers who are the victims of a misguided and unlawful attempt to deprive them of their right to seek United States citizenship. As non-citizen soldiers serving honorably...

This DREAMer Is Ready to Go to the Army. Will Trump Let Him?

Michael Daly, Daily Beast, Sept. 6, 2017 - "They speak languages deemed of particular importance to national security. But as they wait for basic training, Trump canceled DACA — and possibly their dreams of serving."

Expert: MAVNI Killed by 'Bureaucratic Bumbling'

Amy Bushatz, Military.com, Sept. 13, 2017 - "A military recruitment program thrust into the spotlight by President Donald Trump's recently announced immigration reform plans is a victim of bad American immigration policy, its creator said. "DoD has killed the program through bureaucratic...

Expert Margaret Stock: Pentagon Incompetence Ignites MAVNI 'Dumpster Fire'

Alex Horton, Washington Post, Sept. 15, 2017 - "U.S. Army recruiters have abruptly canceled enlistment contracts for hundreds of foreign-born military recruits since last week, upending their lives and potentially exposing many to deportation, according to several affected recruits and a former...