US Travel Ban: National Interest Exception
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What is the National Interest Exception? Who Can Apply for a National Interest Exception?
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0:00 – How to Apply for a National Interest Exception: US Travel Ban
01:42 – US Travel Ban: National Interest Exception
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in numerous presidential proclamations restricting travel and entry into the United States.
The majority of travellers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, and India 14 days prior to seeking entry to the US are prohibited from entering the country.
Despite having more vaccine doses on hand, the US vaccination rate has been falling steadily since 13 April, according to Our World in Data. Considering this information, it is not clear when the US will lift the travel ban.
In the meantime, the US authorities have introduced National Interest Exceptions (NIE), which allow travel to the US for individuals whose entry is of national interest.
Since the pandemic began, the criteria for “National Interest Exceptions” have evolved
03:22 – Who is Qualified for A National Interest Exception?
To enter the United States, individuals subject to the travel restrictions must typically first obtain a US National Interest Exemption (NIE) by applying with the local US consulate in their home countries for special permission to travel.
To be eligible for NIE, you should belong to one of the categories below.
03:47 – Vital support
Individuals whose entry to the US serves the “vital support of critical infrastructure sectors as defined by the US Department of State or critical infrastructure linked supply chain” may qualify for a National Interest Exception.
04:37 – Students/Academics and Journalists
Individuals with the following visas may apply for NIE to enter the US.
* students (F-1 / M-1 or J-1 visas)
* certain academics on exchange programs (J-1 visas)
* journalists (I visas)
05:52 – Other Reasons for Exemption:
Individuals who need to travel to the US due to the reasons below can request for NIE with the US embassy.
* humanitarian travel
* public health response
* national security
06:12 – How to Apply for a National Interest Exception
The application for National Interest Exception (NIE) must be submitted usually to the US consulate. The process of applying for a NIE may vary from country to country or from US consulate to consulate.
Check our blog post for a list of documents you need to prepare
The NIE issued due to the pandemic is valid for 30 days for a single entry.
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