Citizenship and Immigration Service used an informal process to give MAVNI
recruits protection when their temporary or student visas expired because they were entering military service.
In his application to participate in the MAVNI
program, Chaoqun specifically denied having had contact with a foreign government within the past seven years, the complaint stated.
The recruitment process of MAVNI
was frozen in 2016 after former President Barack Obama ordered additional background checks on the existing military recruits that came through the program.
The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, or MAVNI
, promises expedited citizenship for badly needed language and medical skills.
Republican Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland, who has supported legislation to limit the program, told the AP that MAVNI
was established by executive order and never properly authorized by Congress.
While doing some research, he came upon an Air Force website for the Military Assets Vital to National Interest (MAVNI
Under the MAVNI
program, non-immigrants in certain categories except visitor visa holders may apply for enlistment with the U.S.
Those approached by military recruiters under the MAVNI
program would be those legal immigrants with language skills critical to national security, such as Arabic, Pashto, Farsi, Korean and other languages.
Each year 1,500 people area expected to be recruited via MAVNI
, according to a Defense Department web page.
Special Operations Command, "MAVNI
Recruiting Update" (Tampa, FL: J1, August 7, 2009).
Seven years later the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, known as MAVNI
, became an official recruiting program.
The program, called Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI
), was created during George W.