On October 1, 2012, the MAVNI program reopened for a period of two years. Under this program, physicians who agree to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years as a physician can immediately obtain American citizenship. This is an attractive option for physicians born in India and China who face years of waiting for green cards. As long as the physician is in lawful nonimmigrant status, except B-2, the physician can jump from the J or H nonimmigrant status to American citizenship in a matter of months. The important things to remember is that you can keep your full-time job and that the reserves require service one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer and other requirements. We have a client physician who went from J-1 to citizenship in 33 days after completing the military requisites. We encourage you to contact MAVNI and express your interest. By contacting a recruiter, you do not commit to anything, the ARMY must accept you. Many Army Reserve Units require Board Certification. The place to find information is https://my.goarmy.com/info/form/GetBrcFormRedirectByUrl.do?url=/info/mavni. There are rumors that the United States Navy is also implementing a similar program, but no word yet on the outcome.