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MAVNI: A Successful Program Currently SNAFUed

Imagine you are a Polish- or Punjabi-speaking graduate of a United States school and you volunteered to join the U.S. Armed Forces, ready to serve this country and America’s interests. Your recruiter told you about the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) Pilot Program which allows certain lawful non-immigrants possessing critical health care specialty credentials, or language and cultural skills, vital to the national interest to join the Armed Forces. You’re promised that once you begin serving on active duty, or drilling in a reserve unit, you will become eligible for expedited naturalization. You’re ready, and you’re joined by thousands of others who, since the program’s inception, have helped make the program a success.

But, last fall, the orderly progression of the entire MAVNI Pilot Program ran into serious problems, and now it has now been completely stalled. On September 30, 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) implemented revised eligibility, background, screening, and continuous monitoring requirements for the entire MAVNI cohort, estimated to number over 10,600 persons in the various service branches including those in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP and/or the Delayed Training Program (DTP).

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