National Interest Exceptions Available for Visitors from China, Iran, India, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland

Update Post 07/07/2021 The DOS on 06/29/2021 extended the validity of National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) to 12 months and for multiple entries for travelers subject to restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 10143, 10199, and similar subsequent proclamations related to COVID. NIEs issued in the last 12 months will be automatically extended for 12 months from the date of...

Consulates May Waive Visa Interviews for Certain Renewals

Update June 15, 2021 Please see a flyer below regarding the interview waiver procedure. If a consular has an interview waiver process in place and a visa applicant qualifies, the applicant must schedule their document drop-off or mail-in processing directly with that consular. Typically, these documents include: DS-160 confirmation page, a valid passport, pre-paid courier packaging for...

Rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983

Update March 16, 2021 As part of Biden's Proclamation on "Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States", the President has directed the State Department, within 45 days, to provide a report including a proposal for individuals whose immigrant visa applications were denied due to Proclamations 9645 or 9983 and seek to have their applications reconsidered.  The Department of State has...