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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

ARMY PROMISES CITIZENSHIP IN EXCHANGE FOR SERVICE

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Non-immigrant visa holders and green card holders will be eligible to obtain US citizenship within six months of enlisting in the military under a plan announced yesterday by the US Army. The program will initially be open to 1000 individuals. Non-immigrants must have been in the US for at least two years to be eligible. The program is an expansion of the announcement I reported a few months back regarding physicians, nurses and linguists. The NY Times reports that if the program is successful, it could expand to as many as 14,000 recruits a year and include the other branches of the military. Currently, 29,000 non-citizens are serving the country in our armed forces.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    I believe legally in the US such as those on student or exchange visitor visa, right? But, is there going to be conflict with the State Department and Homeland Security regulations, leaving the non-immigrant visa holder to fend for himself and subject to deportation? Or is the army going to fight this out with the state and homeland security as well as the antis in the public? The antis will say that this is mercenary activity.
  2. Selective Service's Avatar
    The New York Times article states the following:
    "The military does not allow illegal immigrants to enlist, and that policy would not change, officers said."

    Now let's see what the Selective Service says:

    "ATTENTION, UNDOCUMENTED MALES & IMMIGRANT SERVICING GROUPS!

    If you are a man ages 18 through 25 and living in the U.S., then you must register with Selective Service. It's the law. You can register at any U.S. Post Office and do not need a social security number. When you do obtain a social security number, let Selective Service know. Provide a copy of your new social security number card; being sure to include your complete name, date of birth, Selective Service registration number, and current mailing address; and mail to the Selective Service System, P.O. Box 94636, Palatine, IL 60094-4636.

    Be sure to register before your 26th birthday. After that, it's too late!

    Selective Service does not collect any information which would indicate whether or not you are undocumented. You want to protect yourself for future U.S. citizenship and other government benefits and programs by registering with Selective Service. Do it today."

    I'm amazed that Mr. Siskind doesn't address this issue (considering that he is an immigration attorney). Spread the voice, this is a good chance for young undocumented immigrants to gain access to a US citizenship, student loans, etc.
  3. Capital law group says?'s Avatar
    The Stimulus Bill, entitled The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, passed both the House and the Senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday.

    We wrote on Tuesday about the then-current Senate version of the bill which imposed restrictions on hiring new H-1B workers onto companies who are recipients of TARP funds. We have received many inquiries and reactions to the Senate version and we are happy to report that the H-1B restrictions section was removed during finalizing the bill.
  4. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    While I would love for you to be right about the Sanders amendment being stripped from the version of the stimulus bill to be signed by the President tomorrow, you're the only place that seems to have that information. Could you elaborate on where your information is coming from. THe last version of the bill I've seen still has it.
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    "We wrote on Tuesday about the then-current Senate version of the bill which imposed restrictions on hiring new H-1B workers onto companies who are recipients of TARP funds. We have received many inquiries and reactions to the Senate version and we are happy to report that the H-1B restrictions section was removed during finalizing the bill."

    Greg, can you confirm this?


  6. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    So, does that mean that one does not have to have a work authrization to "work" for the military? Is the military breaking the immigration law, or are they just drawing the line between "work" and "service"?
  7. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Not sure how the technicalities will work yet. But I'm awaiting details.
  8. Sam's Avatar
    Is this not a discrimination that only Goverment-aided companies (like Military) get to offer such "short-circuit" paths to citizenship whereas individual companies/organization cannot?
  9. b's Avatar
    >>Is this not a discrimination that only Goverment-aided companies ..

    Yeah but is this particular differentiation (your word discrimination) not allowed by law? Its like me complaining why I don't make as much money as the CEO of HP.

    A more relevant comparison might be why EB1-EA gets higher priority on the roll over visa than EB2 or EB3. Its a differentiation that is allowed because the govt feels its to their benefit.
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