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Reopen MAVNI - help Department of Defense close critical skills gaps, save tax money - White House petition

"Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) enables US military to recruit foreign nationals with critical language and cultural skills who have been legally present in US for at least 2 years. MAVNI admitted soldiers briefly in 2009 and was a resounding success. It saved...

Report: Non-Citizens in the Enlisted U.S. Military

"Although in recent years non-citizens have made up only a small share of enlisted accessions (roughly 4 percent), they are a potentially valuable pool for enlisted recruiting for three reasons. First, the number of U.S. non-citizens who are eligible for enlisted military service is large. Approximately...

Immigration Law & the Military

"T he post-9/11 conflicts have caused major changes in the U.S. military, and those changes have had a substantial impact on non-U.S. citizens serving in the All-Volunteer Force, as well as on the non-citizen family members of U.S. military personnel. After 9/11, as one of the few lawyers with a...

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...