Court Orders U.S. Military to Allow Certain MAVNI Enlistees to Proceed with Naturalization Process

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a court order on October 27, 2017 to enjoin (i.e. prevent) the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) from refusing to certify requests for certification of military or naval service (form N-426) for MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to National Interest) enlistees who enlisted before October 13, 2017. A MAVNI enlistee generally must obtain a certified N-426 in order to apply to become a U.S. citizen. Following the court order, the DOD issued a memo confirming that the U.S. Army will act on all requests for members recruited through MAVNI who enlisted before October 13th and have served one day or more in the selected reserve.

More information on MAVNI can be found in the MurthyDotCom NewsBrief, U.S. Army Reneges on Contracts for Foreign-Born MAVNI Recruits.


Congratulations to those who won justice for themselves and others through the lawsuit filed following their sacrifice, enlistment, and service to the United States. The recent court ruling is indeed good news for those who volunteered to put their lives on the line to protect this nation and who deserve justice to be able to naturalize on an expedited basis.


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