The USA allows the entry of new visa categories

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On the 27th of May 2021, the US State Department increased the list of National Interest Exception (NIE), allowing the entry of more categories of foreigners.

The new determination extends the exception to foreigners with valid visas who qualify for the following activities:

  • Journalism and/or the dissemination of relevant information;
  • Students (more details below);
  • People who qualify as immigrants;
  • Partners of American citizens;
  • Professionals, investors or executives who provide support or strategic guidance for infrastructure projects and/or those who provide vital support or strategic executive guidance for economic activity of great relevance.

With this increase, foreigners who fall into these cases and who come from countries such as Brazil, China, Iran, India, South Africa, The United Kingdom, Ireland and others qualify for an exception and are exempt from the need for a 14-day quarantine, as required by Proclamation 9984.

Note: travelers of those categories, with a valid visa, should get in touch with the US Embassy or Consulate to request the National Interest Exception (NIE).

Click here and read the official announcement from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

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