UM 13-164 The 2014 MAVNI Pilot Program

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1.  The purpose of this message is to announce the FY14 Regular Army MAVNI
allocations and provide an update to the processing procedures.  The MAVNI
program is open to all Recruiting Centers (RC).  The MAVNI program allows
enlistment of certain legal non immigrant aliens with foreign language
abilities.  The pilot has been extended through the completion of 2014.

Reference: The 2014 MAVNI Program

2.  Applicants interested in MAVNI must enter information into a central
collection database prior to any interview process.  This includes “walk-in” or
“call-ins” to any RC.

Applicants interested in the process will be directed to;
http://www.goarmy.com/info/mavni

Health Care professionals will be directed to;
http://www.goarmy.com/info/mavni/healthcare

3.  QUALIFICATIONS

a.  Age; 17-34, must be under 35 at the time of shipping except for MOS 09L.
09Ls must ship prior to their 42nd birthday.

b.  Citizenship; legal non immigrant alien lawfully admitted and permitted to
be in the U.S as verified by documentation from Homeland Security.

I. Applicants must be an Asylee or a Refugee.

Note:  Asylee is defined as a person who applied for and was granted asylum in
the U.S.
Refugee is defined as someone who has been forced to leave a country
because of war or for religious or political reasons or a Temporary
Protected Status (TPS).  TPS are those refugees who have been granted
permission to remain in the U.S. for a specified period of time because
of an emergency or conflict in their home country.

II. Or applicants must be in a non immigrant legal status category of one
of the following;

E-1-Individual in the U.S. to conduct trade under a treaty
E-2-Individual in the U.S. to develop and direct an organization in which
the individual has invested substantial capital under a treaty
E-3-Australian Free Trade agreement working in specialty occupations
F-1-Academic or language training student
F-2-Dependant of an F-1 Student
F-3-Part time student commuting from Canada or Mexico
H-1B-Individual in the U.S. to perform professional services for a
sponsoring employer for a specified period of time
H-1C-Individual in the U.S. to perform professional nursing for the
sponsoring organization for a specific period of time
H-2A-Individual in the U.S. to perform temporary agricultural work
H-2B-Individual in the U.S. in a temporary position for which a shortage
exists in the U.S.
H-3-Individual in the U.s. to participate in a training program provided
by the sponsoring employer
H-4-Dependent of an H principal legal status holder
I-Legal status for foreign media representative
J-1-Student admitted as a student for duration of stay under exchange
visitor application
J-2-Dependent of J-1 legal status holder
K-1-Fiancee of a U.S. Citizen
K-2-Minor child of K-1
K-3-Spouse of a U.S. Citizen
K-4-Child of K-3
L-1-Individual transferred to the U.S. from an affiliated office or entity
of the U.S. employer to work as an executive or specialist
L-2-Dependent of L-1 transferee
M-1-Vocational student admitted for duration of status
M-2-Dependent of M-1 principal legal status holder
M-3-Part time student commuting from Canada or Mexico
O-1-Individual of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, business,
education or athletics
O-2-Personnel accompanying an O-1 legal status holder
O-3-Dependent of an O-1 or O-2 legal status holder
P-1-Internationally recognized entertainer or athlete and essential
personnel
P-2-Artist or entertainer in the U.S. under a reciprocal exchange program
P-3-Individual in the U.S. in a culturally unique program to perform,
coach, teach or train
P-4-Dependent of a principal P legal status holder
Q-1-Participant in an international cultural exchange program
Q-2-Participant in the Irish peace process cultural and training program
Q-3-Dependent of Q-2 legal status holders
R-1-Individual in the U.S. as a bona fide religious organization carrying
out religious activities
R-2-Dependent of R-1 legal status holder
S-5-Informant of criminal organization information
S-6-Informant of terrorism information
S-7-Spouse, parent or child of S-5 or S-6
T-1-Victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons
T-2-Spouse of a victim of severe form of trafficking in persons
T-3-Child of a severe form of trafficking in persons
T-4-Parent of victim of severe form of trafficking in persons (if T-1
victim is under 21 years of age)
TC-Canadian physician authorized to engage in direct patient care
TD-Dependent of a TN visa holder
TN-A citizen of Canada or Mexico in the U.S. under NAFTA to perform
specific services for a sponsoring employer
U-Victims of certain crimes
U-1-Victim of certain criminal activity
U-2-Spouse of U-1
U-3-Child of U-1
U-4 Parent of U-1, if U-1 is under 21 years of age
V-1-Spouse of a U.S. lawful permanent resident
V-2-Child of a U.S. lawful permanent resident
V-3-Child of a V-1 or V-2 status individual

III. Typical documents to prove legal status will be as follows; valid,
unexpired foreign passport and one of the following; I-94 card, I-797,
DS-2019, IAP-66, I-20 or other valid unexpired employment authorization
issued by the Department of Homeland Security.  Instructions to validate
citizenship are outlined in V below.

IV. Must have had legal status for at least the last 2 years with no single
absence of more than 90 days from the U.S. during the two year period
immediately preceding the date of enlistment.

V. Applicants in the legal statuses listed may or may not have an Alien
registration number (ARN).  Applicants who have an ARN will be built in
ARISS using their ARN.  In cases where there is no ARN, recruiters will use
555555555 in place of the ARN number in ARISS for processing purposes.

A) Recruiters will use the citizenship status of “(MAVNI) Non Immigrant
Foreign National” (citizenship code J).

B) Recruiters will enter document source of I-94 and enter 555555555

C) This process enables the ARN check from MEPCOM to DMDC to not occur.
See para 4 for citizenship verification procedures.

VI. Grace Periods-Certain VISA types have a grace period beyond the
expiration date of the document.  Those in the grace period may process
for enlistment, shipdate must be prior to the end of the grace period.

F-1 VISA Holders-are given 60 days after completion of study to depart
F-2 VISA Holders-are given 60 days after completion of study to depart
H1B VISA Holders-are given 10 days after expiration of the validity
period
J-1 VISA Holders-have a 30-day grace period following completion of
status
J-2 VISA Holders-have a 30-day grace period following completion of
status
M-1 VISA Holders-have a 30-day grace period following completion of
status
M-2 VISA Holders-have a 30-day grace period following completion of
status

c.  Name; applicants will enlist using the name listed on their immigration
documents IAW AR 601-210 chapter 2.

d.  SSN; Required for all applicants.

Procedures for applicants that do not have an SSN are as follows:

I.   Must have solid indication that ASVAB score will be 50 or higher by
using the EST/CAST.

II.  2807 must be initiated and determined that there is little risk of not
passing physical.

III. Applicant must profess to speak a language listed in the language list
below.

IV.  Must have Immigration status verified by Homeland Security using the
procedure listed in para 4 below.

65 SSA offices have been identified that will process an SSN application on
MAVNI applicants, locations are posted on the IKROme Portal, select
“my launcher”, “places”, “recruiting functions”, “language programs tab”,
Resources, MAVNI (Processing Documents), labeled MAVNI SSA locations.  After
all steps above are completed and Immigration status returns as verified to
process under MAVNI; the applicant and the BN or acting BN CDR will sign a
letter of intent.  BN OPS will establish an appointment for the applicant to
be processed at an SSA office.  Recruiter must accompany their applicant
(in uniform) with the signed letter of intent, approved G845 from Homeland
Security and the documents provided to Homeland Security, (for example; I-94,
over stamped passport, etc) to the SSA Office.  A receipt    will be provided
that the SSN application has been completed, the SSN card will be mailed to
the respective BN within 10 working days.  Once the SSN has been secured the
applicant’s record can be built in ARISS and enlistment processing can
continue.  The letter of intent is located on the IKROme portal under “my
launcher”, “places”, “recruiting functions”, language programs tab, “MAVNI
(Processing Documents) Letter of Intent.

e.  Education; Must be a Tier 1 HSSR, HSDG or higher.  If education
credentials are from a foreign school, those documents must be translated
and evaluated by a State Board of Education or any degree granting
college or university listed in the NACES.  Applicants who have graduated
from a high school in a foreign country effected by the Global War on
Terror and cannot prove education completion, IAW AR 601-210 chapter 2-7,
may apply for an exception to policy.  Exceptions will be submitted from
the BN, through USAREC G-3  Policy to HQDA G-1.  The following criteria
must be met prior to the submission of the exception:

(a) All means to obtain the education documents are exhausted and explained
in writing by the applicant and the recruiter or center commander.

(b) Statement from the applicant explaining why it is impractical to
obtain the diploma or transcript.  The statement must also contain:

1. Full name of the school he/she graduated from.
2. Date or approximate date of graduation.
3. Specific city and country where the school was/is located.

f.  Trainability; Must score a 50 or higher on the ASVAB. MOS will be based
on ASVAB, physical results and citizenship. Any MOS that requires a
clearance will not be available.  If enlisting under MAVNI as an 09L
(Dari, Pashtu, Farsi) must meet the ECLT test requirements.  Exceptions
to policy can be granted to Dari, Pashtu, or Farsi speakers that score
between a 10-49 on the ASVAB (must enlist for 09L). Recruiters and GCs
need to be aware that any MOS selected by the MAVNI applicant will be
their MOS for the duration of their enlistment.  MAVNI Soldiers fall
under the same reclassification rules as any other Soldier and should not
be promised reclassification after they are Naturalized.

g.  Physical; Must be able to meet the procurement physical fitness standards
of AR 40-501 chapter 2.  Medical Waivers are authorized however, drug
and alcohol  waivers are not.

h.  Dependents; Standards set forth in AR 601-210 are to be utilized.
Applicants are eligible for dependency waivers IAW AR 601-210.

i.  Conduct; No conduct waivers for any level are authorized.  Live Scan (LS)
results are required prior to being transported to MEPS to process.  LS
submission will not occur for applicants that are pending the issuance of
an SSN.  Once SSN has been issued the LS submission is authorized.

j.  Affiliation with another country’s Armed Forces; Applicants cannot have a
current or remaining affiliation with another country’s Armed Forces
which includes Reserve or Guard commitments.  Recruiters/center
commanders/GCs will inquire as to any past or current other country Armed
Forces affiliation and list on the SF 86.  If applicant professes to have
no affiliation, processing may continue.  If an applicant states current
affiliation or have a Reserve like commitment remaining, the applicant is
not qualified for enlistment.

k.  Language (MUST HAVE SSN TO TEST); MAVNI is limited to applicants who pass
the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at the 2/2 level or higher in both
speaking and listening (09L requires a 2+/2+ or higher and a passing
reading test).  OPI test must be completed prior to reservation
processing.  Proctors for the test are either the SGC or the BN OPS NCOIC
or higher.  There are no exceptions to enlist anyone outside of the
language list below or for applicants that fail to meet the OPI minimum
score.  See UM 13-037 for OPI scheduling procedures.  OPI results on
applicants that have been pending enlistment remain valid for 1 year.

Albanian (AB)                 Amharic (AC)               Arabic Algerian (DH)
Arabic Modern Standard (AD)   Arabic Iraqi (DG)          Arabic Egyptian (AE)
Arabic Jordanian (AK)         Arabic Levantine (AP)      Arabic Libyan (AL)
Arabic Maghrebi (AM) (note 1) Arabic Syrian (AP)         Arabic Palestinian (AP)
Arabic Lebanese (AP)          Arabic Sudanese (AV)       Arabic Moroccan (BS)
Arabic Tunisian (BW)          Arabic Yemeni (AU)         Azerbaijani (AX)
Bengali (BN)                  Burmese (BY)               Cambodian-Khmer (CA)
Cebuano (VB)                  Chinese Cantonese (CC)     Chinese Mandarin (CM)
Czech (CX)                    French (FR) (note 2)       Georgian (GG)
Haitian-Creole (HC)           Hausa (HS)                 Hindi (HJ)
Hungarian (HU) (note 6)       Igbo (JB)                  Indonesian (JN)
Korean (KP)                   Kurdish-Kurmanje (XK)      Kurdish-Sorani (XS)
Lao (LC)                      Malay (ML)                 Malayalam (MN)
Moro (MH) (See note 3)        Nepalese (NE)              Pashto-Afghan (PV)
Persian Dari (PG)             Persian Farsi (PF)         Polish (PL)(note 6)
Portuguese Brazilian (PQ)     Portuguese European (PT)   Punjabi (PJ)
Russian (RU)                  Serbo-Croatian (SC)        Sindhi (SD)
Sinhalese (SJ)                Somali (SM)                Swahili (SW)
Tagalog (TA)                  Tadjik (TB)                Tamil (TC)
Thai (TH) (note 4)            Turkish (TU)               Turkmen (UB)
Urdu (UR) (note 5)            Uzbek (UX)                 Yoruba (YQ)

I. All languages above have a cap of 90. (Korean, Chinese, Nepalese, Hindi
and Swahili) are individually allocated to each Brigade to not exceed 18.

NOTE 1-Choose from Arabic-Algerian, Arabic Moroccan or Arabic Tunisian for
Maghrebi.
NOTE 2-French-Limited to individuals with citizenship from an African
Country.
NOTE 3-Moro includes-Tausug, Maguindanao and Maranao.
NOTE 4-Thai-includes Siamese.
Note 5-Urdu speakers must have Citizenship or birth certificate from Pakistan
or Afghanistan.
Note 6-Polish and Hungarian are new languages to the MAVNI program.

II. OPI test results will return to the requesting GC within 72 hours of
test completion.  Results will return via email from DLI on a DA Form
330.  Results will be scanned into ERM in Core Admin, DA form 330, Oral
Proficiency Interview Score Sheet.

III. GCs are required to submit the OPI scores from GCRc to REQUEST using
the below codes that coincide with the OPI score. It is vital to select
the correct proficiency level in GCRc when sending to REQUEST.

2  =  Limited Working Proficiency
2+ =  Limited Working Proficiency Plus
3  =  General Professional Proficiency
3+ =  General Professional Proficiency Plus
4  =  Advanced Professional Proficiency
4+ =  Advanced Professional Proficiency Plus
5  =  Functionally Native Proficiency

4.  Citizenship Verification Process; BN OPS will submit an email to USAREC
Policy at usarmy.knox.usarec.mbx.g3-rcro-pp using the subject line “Citizenship
Eligibility”.  Email will include the applicant’s name, CAST/EST score and which
language/dialect applicant professes to speak.  Attachments to the email will be
the appropriate signed letter of intent and all of the citizenship documents
that establishes the applicants immigration status for at least the last 2 years
(foreign passport, I-94, I-20, I-797, DS 2019, employment authorization card,
VISA type).  G3 Policy will review the citizenship documents and validate the
applicant’s Alien Registration or I-94 number with information contained in the
Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program.  Expect a 72 hour
turnaround for results.  The email that is returned by G3 Policy will indicate if
further processing is authorized and will also identify if there is a ship window
that must be met in order to process for enlistment.  Results from SAVE will also
be present on a G845 which will be scanned into ERM by G3 Policy.  G845′s that
were previously run on applicants that have not enlisted will remain valid for
1 year provided the applicants status has not changed and the G845 allows for a
120 day window from DEP to time of leaving for training.

5.  Recruiters will build applicant’s record in ARISS using the citizenship type
-(MAVNI) Non Immigrant Foreign National (J).  GCs will validate the correct code
is present in GCRc when sending the applicant’s information to REQUEST.  The ROC
will secure all MAVNI reservations.  Applicants will have a delayed shipdate of
at least 120 days to allow for required background checks to return.  MAVNI
applicant’s enlist under REQUEST Option 42 with an ENLOC of MAVNI.  Temporary
reservations are not authorized.

6. Incentives; all incentives that applicants qualify for to include advance
promotion are authorized. There is no stand alone MAVNI incentive.

7.  In order for the Army to leverage Soldier’s language capabilities,
applicants will be screened and identified for eligibility for special
operations and special operations support career fields.  Assignment priority
to such a unit will occur if found eligible.  All MAVNI applicants will be
airborne screened at MEPS and all will have the Special Operations Volunteer
Statement completed and scanned into ERM in the Core Admin, MAVNI volunteer
statement folder.  Failure to be deemed airborne qualified or failure to
volunteer for a possible assignment with a special operations unit will NOT
disqualify the MAVNI applicant from enlistment.  Form is located in IKROme under
Plans/Operations/Policy/MAVNI SF Volunteer Form.

8.  Recruiters will initiate the MAVNI information paper with the applicant.
Applicant, recruiter and center/assistant center commander are required to sign.
The information paper is located in IKROme under Plans/Operations/Policy/MAVNI
Information paper.  Information paper will be scanned into ERM under DEP Admin,
in the MAVNI information paper folder.

9.  Applicant’s will be informed that they are required to process for expedited
Naturalization upon arrival at BCT.  Naturalization is a requirement for MAVNI
Soldiers, they must attain U.S. citizenship.  Soldiers that fail to meet the full
term of their enlistment obligation will be reported to the Department of
Homeland Security to commence De-Naturalization.  Soldiers that are denied
Naturalization for any reason may be processed for discharge if the Soldier’s
commander deems it appropriate.  Expedited Naturalization is currently approved
by the President as a Wartime statute.  If the President announces that the
Wartime statute has been rescinded, enlistments under MAVNI will be discontinued.
After enlistment into the FSTP recruiters and FSL will assist MAVNI Future
Soldiers with completing their Naturalization application(s) located in IKROme
under Plans/Operations/Policy-Naturalization Packet.  Additional information is
available at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/614648 (AKO Login required),
under the “Road to Naturalization”.  MAVNI shippers must ship with the N-400 and
N-426 forms filled out to the best of their ability and hand carry to BCT.
Recruiters or GCs will not sign the forms nor will they mail or advise the MAVNI
Soldier to mail Naturalization paperwork to USCIS.

10.  Liaisons will reestablish a method within their location to see every MAVNI
Soldier upon arrival.  Liaisons will collect the Naturalization forms and sign
the N-426 form on page 2, attesting to the fact that the person presenting the
information to them is now a member of the Army.  Liaisons will then notify the
Soldier as to when and where they need to report for processing by a USCIS
official.  Liaisons will notify the local USCIS office and arrange for USCIS to
collect the Naturalization packet.  Liaisons will also notify the USCIS official
as to the BCT unit of assignment and contact information for the Soldier.  USCIS
personnel will return during BCT to conduct another interview and initiate the
Naturalization test with the Soldier.  If approved, Naturalization could occur as
soon as the completion of BCT.

11. GCs will:

a)  Ensure that the enlistment application is completed properly and the
SF 86 is accurately filled out.
b)  Verify that citizenship code J was selected and the enlistment option is
42.
c)  Verify the correct OPI score was submitted to REQUEST.
d)  Airborne screening was completed and captured on the DD 2808.
e)  Special Operations Volunteer Statement is completed and scanned into ERM
f)  Ensure shipdate is 120 or more days from DEP date.
g)  Verify that immigration status expiration which includes grace periods is
prior to the shipdate.
h)  Sign the MAVNI information paper and provide final version to the MAVNI
FS, scan completed form in “DEP ADMIN” folder under “MAVNI Information
Paper”
i)  Verify that fingerprints were captured and submitted by MEPS personnel
the day of DEP.
j)  Ensure all Naturalization paperwork is completed and scanned into ERM
when MAVNI arrives to ship.  MAVNI shipper will also hand carry the
originals.
k)  Ensure that Top Secret Clearance (SSBI) is submitted and accepted the day
after enlistment.
l)  Ensure that the minimum term of service is 48 months unless the MOS
enlisted for requires longer as indicated in REQUEST under MOS Job
Quals Policies.

12.  MAVNI enlistments require additional security screening measures.  This
will occur behind the scenes and will entail a National Intelligence Agency Check
(NIAC) and an Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI), Top Secret Clearance.
There is no requirement for applicants to be screened by the Security Assistant
for this clearance, GCRc will submit both of these checks on the day after
enlistment based on the enlistment option 42 and citizenship code J.  Recruiters
and GC will ensure the SSBI has been submitted and accepted by correcting AIES or
JPAS errors as they return.  USAREC G3 NACLC will post favorable SSBI results to
GCRc using the free form remarks.  Battalions will be notified immediately if
unfavorable results return.  Further instructions will be provided at that time.

13.  References:

a.  10 U.S.C. 504

b.  Memorandum, Secretary of Defense, 16 May 2012, Subject: Reinstatement
of the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) Pilot.

c.  Memorandum, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, 16 February
2012, Subject:  Military Accessions Vital to National Interest Program
Security Reviews and Monitoring Programs.

d.  Memorandum, Secretary of the Army, 23 December 2008, Subject:  Authority
to Implement Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI).

e.  Army Regulation 601-210, Active and Reserve Components Enlistment
Program, dated 8 February 2011 with Rapid Action Revision (RAR) dated
12 March 2013.

f.  Army G1 Implementation Policy, dated 25 September 2012, Two Year
Reinstatement of Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest
(MAVNI) Pilot Program Implementation Policy.

g.  USAREC Message 13-037, Oral Proficiency Interview Scheduling Procedures
for Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest and MOS 09L
Applicants, dated 10 December 2012.

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  • Stefan

    In order for the Army to leverage Soldier’s language capabilities,
    applicants will be screened and identified for eligibility for special
    operations and special operations support career fields.

    So, a MAVNI recruit could join the Navy Seals?