by Sarah C.
Sounds like a cheesy ad, but it isn’t. If you are a in the US on a temporary visa, it could get easier to become a US citizen. Sure you may have to take a trip to Afghanistan or Iraq, but in as little as six months you could be an American. According to this article in yesterday’s New York Times;
Recruiters expect that the temporary immigrants will have more education, foreign language skills and professional expertise than many Americans who enlist, helping the military to fill shortages in medical care, language interpretation and field intelligence analysis.
Sounds like a variant of an H1-B visa. For Africans just dying to jump at the opportunity, wait. Looks like they might be targeting people from the Middle East and surrounding regions.
“The American Army finds itself in a lot of different countries where cultural awareness is critical,” said Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, the top recruitment officer for the Army, which is leading the pilot program. “There will be some very talented folks in this group.”
Nothing about whether permanent resident get the same benefit.
About 8,000 permanent immigrants with green cards join the armed forces annually, the Pentagon reports, and about 29,000 foreign-born people currently serving are not American citizens.
So who ARE these temporary immigrants? Here’s a list from the US Dept of State website. Does this mean that we will see more recruiting on campuses – among students with F-1 visas?
|Purpose of Travel to U.S. and Nonimmigrant Visas||Visa Type||Required: Before Applying for Visa*|
|Athletes, amateur & professional (compete for prize money only)||B-1||(NA)|
|Au pairs (exchange visitor)||J||SEVIS|
|Australian professional specialty||E-3||DOL|
|Border Crossing Card: Mexico||BCC||(NA)|
|Diplomats and foreign government officials||A||(NA)|
|Domestic employees or nanny -must be accompanying a foreign national employer||B-1||(NA)|
|Employees of a designated international organization, and NATO||G1-G5, NATO||(NA)|
|Foreign military personnel stationed in the U.S.||A-2
|Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics||O||USCIS|
|Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professionals: Chile, Singapore||H-1B1||DOL|
|International cultural exchange visitors||Q||USCIS|
|Medical treatment, visitors for||B-2||(NA)|
|NAFTA professional workers: Mexico, Canada||TN/TD||(NA)|
|Nurses coming to health professional shortage areas||H1-C||USCIS|
|Performing athletes, artists, entertainers||P||USCIS|
|Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor)||J||SEVIS|
|Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge||H-1B||DOL then USCIS|
|Students: academic, vocational||F, M||SEVIS|
|Temporary agricultural workers||H-2A||DOL then USCIS|
|Temporary workers performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature.||H-2B||DOL then USCIS|
|Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitors||B2||(NA)|
|Training in a program not primarily for employment||H-3||USCIS|
|Treaty traders/treaty investors||E||(NA)|
|Transiting the United States||C||(NA)|
|Visa Renewals – Available in the U.S.||(NA)|
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