STATE DEPARTMENT EXPANDS EXCEPTIONS FOR COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS



The State Department updated its policy on categories of travelers eligible for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) from the regional COVID-19 travel bans in effect for Brazil, China, Iran, and South Africa.


Starting April 26, 2021, the NIE for all existing regional bans include foreign nationals seeking to provide support for critical infrastructure, journalists, F and M students, and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs. Existing policy already permits certain visitors to qualify for an NIE, including certain J-1 au pairs, interns, trainees, and specialized teachers, as well as foreign nationals seeking to enter the U.S. for purposes related to humanitarian travel, a public health response, or national security.

Please contact one of our attorneys at williamsgloballaw.com to assist you with your NIE application!

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