Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) Pilot Program Information

Under the MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to National Interest) Pilot Program the Secretary of Defense authorized the various military services to recruit certain legal aliens whose skills are considered to be vital to the national interest. These include those people holding critical skills such as physicians, nurses, and certain experts in language with associated cultural backgrounds. To determine the value in enhancing military readiness, the limited pilot program initially authorized a limited number of recruits to the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.

This memo expands the enlistment of the needed legal aliens under MAVNI to include Reserve Components to the military personnel eligible to enlist needed legal aliens under MAVNI. Under this memorandum, the Reserve Components will be able to recruit 100 Army Reserve Components to the pilot programs. This brings the total number of spaces in 2014 to: 1,300 in the Army, 65 in the Navy, 65 in the Marine Corps and 70 in the Air Force.

In addition, the various military services need to establish, case-by-case, that the proposed enlistee is vital to national security, and upon acceptance establish procedures to monitor and track all individuals who enter the Service under MAVNI authority. This includes identifying a point of contact for all branches of the Services that have MAVNI enlistees. The contact person must inform USCIS when enlistees under MAVNI are no longer satisfactory participants and must be administratively separated from the military. The failure of aliens registered through MAVNI to comply with the terms of their services can include revocation of citizenship. Finally the contact person should report annually all MAVNI cohorts serving at the end of each fiscal year through 2020.

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