New York: The U.S. Army is wooing skilled immigrants to join it, including those who know Hindi and Tamil, by offering them a chance to become citizens in as little as six months, a media report said.
For foreigners who live in the U.S. on temporary visas, it often takes more than a decade to get citizenship.
As part of the Army’s one-year pilot programme, to begin in New York City, it will recruit about 550 temporary immigrants who speak one or more of 35 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Igbo (a tongue spoken in Nigeria), Kurdish, Nepalese, Pashto, Russian and Tamil, the New York Times reported Saturday. Spanish speakers are not eligible. Immigrants, who are permanent residents holding green cards, and have lived in the U.S. for at least two years will be eligible to join, officials said.
“The American Army finds itself in a lot of different countries where cultural awareness is critical,” said Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley, the top recruitment officer. “There will be some very talented folks in this group.” — IANS
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