Military Options for International Students
Note: The Department of Defense is not currently accepting MAVNI applications for FY 17 while it is revising its MAVNI implementation plan. Once it begins to accept enlistments, SEVP will provide additional information at that time. For more information please visit the What is MAVNI? Resource page.
The United States military is a vital part of our nation’s security. International students interested in serving in the military may be eligible for a program called Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI). This program allows certain non-citizens who are legally present in the United States and hold critical skills to join the U.S. military. People with critical skills, including physicians, nurses, and experts in certain languages with associated cultural backgrounds, are in great demand.
To apply, students should work with their designated school official (DSO) to understand requirements and complete required forms.
DSOs can use our MAVNI resource page to learn how to handle situations, like if a MAVNI participant leaves basic training to return to school or when to terminate their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System record. Download a MAVNI guide for DSOs to learn which students can apply.