Rahul Reddy, Attorney at Law Reddy & Neumann PC
The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) Program authorizes the military to enlist certain legal non-citizens whose skills are considered to be “vital to the national interest.” Enlistment can lead to conditional citizenship. Soldiers who enlist in this program are able to move from non-immigrant visa or asylee/refugee/TPS status directly to citizenship, bypassing the lengthy green card process.
There are reportedly 150 types of roles that the army is looking to fill through the MAVNI program. Only 5 to 6 of these roles involve combat, the rest of the positions are in a support capacity.The army is currently recruiting aliens who speak Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Nepalese, Persian Dari, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Somali, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, or Yoruba, as well as a host of other languages.
There can be a four to six years minimum serving time, depending on the type of position an enlisted soldier fills. A training period of 10 weeks at minimum is included in the four to six years of serving time. There can be up to 8 to 52 weeks of specialized training required.
Alien asylees, refugees, Temporary Protected Status recipients, as well as aliens in most nonimmigrant visa categories, i.e., H, F, E, TN, are eligible to participate in the MAVNI program. Please note, if an alien filed an application for adjustment of status (AOS) while in H nonimmigrant status, but lost that H nonimmigrant status while the AOS application was pending, then the Army may waive the nonimmigrant status requirement on a case by case basis.
Individuals who have been granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) are also eligible.
An alien must legally present in the U.S. for at least two years without an absence of over 90 days in order to be eligible. In addition, an alien must be a high school graduate as well as receive qualifying scores on the Armed Forces Qualification Test and a language proficiency test in order to be eligible.
If you believe you may be eligible for this program, you may contact the Army directly. You can contact the Houston Local in charge: SSG Khan, Arsalan ,U.S.
Army Recruiter, 281-257-9281,
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