The Pentagon recently announced plans to open military enlistment to nonimmigrants legally present in the United States. Previously only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents could enlist in the military. However the government now recognizes a specific need in strategic areas, languages, and skill sets and will actively recruit students and professionals in temporary nonimmigrant status who are willing to joint the U.S. Army.
Specific languages needed by the Army include: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Igbo (a tongue spoken in Nigeria), Kurdish, Nepalese, Pashto, Russian and Tamil are in demand. If qualified and accepted, a nonimmigrant would be required to serve a period of 4 years in professional occupations or 3 years of in a medical occupation and citizenship would be granted through this term of service. If the term of employment is not completed, citizenship would be revoked.
Any persons potentially qualifying should contact their local recruitment office for more information. For additional details on this new program, please review the following articles.