We apologize for the confusion but the Army MAVNI Program has yet to be renewed for FY17. Join the MAVNI list on the right, to receive updates to the program.
Since the Revolutionary War, immigrants, and foreign nationals have served within the ranks of the United States Army.
In the past, immigrants required a green card (lawful permanent resident status), today qualified applicants are being granted an exception to the rule through the MAVNI Program.
Soldiers who enlist in the Army through the MAVNI program are able to earn their Citizenship in less than a year. MAVNI’s are able to transition from non-immigrant visa or asylee / refugee status, bypassing the Green Card process directly to US Citizen.
In most cases, participants will become Naturalized Citizens by the time they graduate from Basic Combat Training, or accept a commission as an Army Officer.
The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program authorizes each branch of the Military, to recruit certain legal aliens, whose skills are considered to be VITAL to National interest.
Those holding critical skills – linguistics, physicians, and nurses, who are in the U.S. on a temporary visa, are allowed to enlist or commission into the into the US Army.
The program is currently closed for FY 2016.
FY 2016, the program is open to all Recruiting Centers, and there are currently less than 600 slots remaining. Currently, we have limited information on the FY 2017 MAVNI Program.
Currently, there are eleven criteria that must be met in order to qualify for the Army MAVNI Program:
Albanian, Amharic, Arabic Algerian, Arabic Modern Standard, Arabic Iraqi, Arabic Egyptian, Arabic Jordanian, Arabic Levantine, Arabic Libyan, Arabic Maghrebi, Arabic Syrian, Arabic Palestinian, Arabic Sudanese, Arabic Moroccan, Arabic Yemeni, Azerbaijani, Arabic Lebanese, Arabic Tunisian, Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian-Khmer, Cebuano, Chinese Cantonese, Chinese Mandarin, Czech, French, Georgian, Haitian-Creole, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Indonesian, Korean, Kurdish-Kurmanji, Kurdish-Sorani, Lao, Malay, Malayalam, Moro, Nepalese, Pashto-Afghan, Persian Dari, Persian Farsi, Polish, Portuguese Brazilian, Portuguese European, Punjabi, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Sindhi, Somali, Swahili, Sinhalese, Tagalog, Tadjik, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Urdu, Uzbek, Yoruba.
There are two primary types of applications, Health Care Professionals, and the Language Program. Applicants interested in the Army Health Care Program must enter their information into a central collection database prior to any interview process, see links below:
Upon completion of Basic Training, you qualify to apply for naturalization. For most military applicants, the process takes less than six months, and sometimes can be completed in nine or 10 weeks. Sometimes a delay in a background check can slow the process.
All aspects of the naturalization process, including applications, interviews, and ceremonies are available overseas at all military installations here and abroad.
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Regular Army (Active Duty): General Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Comprehensive Dentists, Pediatrician, Psychiatrist, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Nuclear Science Officers, Entomologist, Licensed Clinical Social Work Officers, Licensed Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Anesthesia
Army Reserve: General Dentist, Comprehensive Dentist, Prosthodontist, Oral Surgeon, Preventive Medicine, Urology, Anesthesiologist, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngologist (ENT), Psychiatry, Family Physician, General Surgeon, Thoracic Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, Emergency Medicine, Entomologist, Clinical Psychologists, Physician Assistant, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
This information was compiled from USAREC Messages 16-033 MAVNI Pilot Program and UM 16-046 MAVNI Pilot Program for Health Care Providers and Chaplains
MSG Washington has served within the ranks of the United States Army since June of 2001. With ten years of recruiting experience, he is an expert on Recruiting Operations, who willingly assists applicants across the Country with their enlistment process.