2022 Military Immigration Option: Immigrant Military Members and Veterans Initiative (IMMVI)

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When a door closes, a window opens! Military Immigration used to be (1) expedited, (2) had international field offices to assist foreign service members, (3) had a military service center to assist in processing military-related filings, and (4) had a more personalized immigration experience. Due to budget cuts over the last 5 years, Agency staff reduction, and Covid Closures, special Service Member processing has been nearly forgotten. Now, this post will not announce a “revival” of the old ways, but it does address one major issue, the international separation of a service member and their family, and how to bring the family together ASAP.

In 2022, a new Military Immigration Option was created called IMMVI or spelled out: Immigrant Military Members and Veterans Initiative. IMMVI is a solution to bring a spouse or unmarried minor child to the US much quicker. This option is a better alternative than:

  1. a tourist visa or any other nonimmigrant visa
  2. Consular processing under a CR-1 Visa or IR-1 Visa
  3. Illegal Entry into the US

What kind of Service Members are eligible:

  • Active Duty Service Members who are serving Honorably in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, and Space Force.
  • Select Reserve Service Members who are serving Honorably in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, and Space Force.
  • Veterans who served Honorably in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, and Space Force.

The Catch to fully meet eligibility under IMMVI:

The Service Member or Veteran must provide/prove:

  • Documentation that supports Honorable Military Service such as:
    • the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214),
    • National Guard Report of Separation and Record of Service (NGB Form 22), or
    • other official service or discharge document;
  • Evidence of urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit; and
  • Evidence of any additional favorable discretionary factors that you want to be considered.

Recipients of an IMMVI-based parole document/stamp also benefit by:

  1. Automatically receiving expediting processing;
  2. Special Immigration Officers who have been specially trained to coordinate with the VA;
  3. The I-131 IMMVI-based parole is FREE; and
  4. After arriving in the US, the I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, is FREE, which this document allows (1) a US Social Security Card, (2) the ability to get a Driver’s License, (3) the ability to work or go to school, and (4) is a US Government-issued ID.

To summarize the super important benefits in other words:

  • You can come to the US Quicker and the process is auto-expedited
  • You can apply for Employment Authorization for free immediately after entering
  • Your get more specialized handling by an Immigration Officer

If you are a service member or a veteran, and you desire to have your family be with you in the US, please contact our office to set up a Consultation.

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