Expansion of National Interest Exception Travel

Eligible travelers   On July 16, the State Department announced that certain travelers subject to Presidential Proclamations 9993 and 9996 (which suspended travel to the United States from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland), may qualify for a National Interest Exception for non-tourist travel to the United States.  Some of the categories of travelers …

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Revised Visa Reciprocity Schedule for Norway

Effective December 30, 2019, the reciprocity schedule for Norway will be revised for the nonimmigrant visa categories listed below.  Visa categories not listed remain unchanged. U.S. law requires U.S. visa fees and validities to be based, insofar as practicable, on the treatment afforded to U.S. citizens.  As per Executive Order 13780 of March 2017, the Department of State …

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Lapse in Appropriations

At this time, scheduled passport and visa services in the United States and at U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits. Due to the lapse in appropriations, this website will not be updated regularly. We will not update this website until full operations resume, with the …

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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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