Everything You Need To Know For The FY 2015 MAVNI Language Program

Since the Revolutionary War, immigrants and foreign nationals have served within the ranks of the United States Military. In the past, immigrants required a green card (lawful permanent resident status), today qualified applicants are being granted an exception to the rule…

The MAVNI Program

The Military Accesions 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 Military Service of their choice. For FY 2014, the program is open to all Recruiting Centers and there will be a limited amount of vacancies. The rumor mill tells me that the program will be capped at 1400, with each language being capped at 90…

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162 Comments
  1. Reply abba May 30, 2015 at 5:54 AM

    hi, i am an international student with an F1 valid visa, i applied for asylum in the year 2014 and i was denied due to some evidence to support my statement that i didn’t provide, i am fluent in (English, Arabic and Hausa) am i still eligible to join Mavni program? and is Mavni program still available?.
    thank you for your understanding.
    i’m eager to hear from you shortly.
    my email: walyakub101@yahoo.com

    • Reply tusky June 7, 2015 at 3:27 PM

      lol hausa yu nigerian

  2. Reply Jet May 28, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Hello Sergeant,
    I came to U.S on a student visa several years ago . Then I applied for asylum in 2012, got the fingerprint Notification and work authorization card the same year. However, They haven’t inform me to the interview , and send me a fingerprint Notification again in 2014. I stopped going to school after I applied asylum.
    Do I meet the requirements to join MAVNI program as Asylee ? Or as visa holder?
    I already met a recruiter and he helped me applied.
    Please reply me back ,
    Thank you

  3. Reply Alex May 2, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Hello I hold student visa and fluent in following languages(English, Ukrainian, Russian and German) also I study military translation(English-Russian-English).I want to join US Armored Forces to be a critical language linguist!
    And i need information about the difference of joing MAVNI program having language and cultural skills and joing US Armored Forces already with greencard to be linguist?What would be better to join MAVNI or to wait and get greencard, then go to army?
    My email is gunigham@mail.ru

  4. Reply Manjinder April 28, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Anyone knows if MAVNI(Active or Reserve) is currently opened for IT professionals?

  5. Reply GT April 22, 2015 at 6:53 AM

    Hi Sergeant Payne. I looked your video and it was pretty informative. I am a MAVNI applicant and I have already completed my ASVAB and PT. I passed, and now I am waiting for my OPI(Oral Proficiency test). I was wondering should I prepare with certain language materials, when I am actually going to give that exam in my native language? I have 2 weeks to go for it. after that, there will be a six months background check before, I actually get to the Basic training camp.One more important question, I am an IT worker, and my recruiter asked me to- “at least show up once a week to the closest army station, to your workplace and than report to your recruiting station, during weekdays.” Now, my question is can I ask for a leave for one day on any weekday from my company, showing the army enlistment reasons. Will they be obligated to approve my leave one day every weekdays? waiting for your prompt response.

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