USA: announced changes regarding the ‘National Interest Exceptions’ (NIE)

The revocation of the previous national interest determination for certain categories of travellers is confirmed.

The revocation of the previous national interest determination for certain categories of travellers is confirmed.

On 2 March 2021, the Secretary of State revoked some of the exceptions eligible under P.P. 10143 in relation to the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Technical experts and specialists, senior executives and managers, investors, professional athletes, and their employees will no longer be considered ‘exceptions of national interest’.

The Secretary of State has also determined new categories of travellers who fall under the National Interest Exception (NIE) criteria in relation to the Schengen Area, the UK and Ireland: travellers who provide vital infrastructure support, academics, students, and journalists.

These categories of travellers who have a valid visa, ESTA authorisation or are seeking to apply for a visa, if they believe they may qualify for a national interest exception, should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate prior to travel.

The Department of State also continues to grant NIEs to qualified travellers seeking to enter the United States for purposes related to humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security. These travellers and all others who believe that their travel is in the national interest of the United States should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate.

No previously issued visas or NIEs will be revoked.

For more information, please consult the following link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/national-interest-exceptions-from-certain-travelers-from-the-schengen-area-uk-and-ireland.html

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