Waiver of Interview Requirement for First-Time Student, Exchange, and Temporary Employment Visa Applicants

In order to adhere to the current Norwegian government regulation on preventing the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy Oslo Consular Section’s routine nonimmigrant visa services have been suspended until further notice.  As U.S. embassies and consulates around the world face similar challenges, the interview waiver eligibility has been expanded to include some first-time applicants …

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November 8 Resumption of Travel to the U.S.

The United States has announced a new global air travel policy prioritizing public health and protecting U.S. citizens, residents, and visitors.  Effective November 8, all foreign nationals traveling to the United States must be fully vaccinated and provide CDC-accepted proof of their vaccination status before boarding a U.S.-bound aircraft (with very restricted exceptions). Effective December 6, all inbound air travelers aged two or older, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test ( PCR, …

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Updated Guidance on Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

An order issued by a U.S. District court in the state of Washington on February 3 bars the U.S. government from enforcing certain provisions of Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals,” including those related to visas and travel for nationals of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. …

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Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

To allow for proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals, the Executive Order imposes on nationals of certain designated countries a 90-day bar on entry into the United States.  This bar also includes a 90-day prohibition on visa issuance.  These countries, as designated by Congress or the …

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