National Interest Exception (NIE)

and How to Seek It for Travel to the USA

The COVID 19 has impacted the immigration system of the US to a more considerable extent. To protect the people in America, the US authorities have placed travel bans from certain parts of the world, restricting people from traveling to the US to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  

What is the National Interest Exception (NIE)?  

National Interest Exception (NIE) allows non-citizens to enter the US whose entry is of national interest.

The applications under NIE to get a waiver from travel bans due to COVID 19 outbreak are considered case-by-case by the US Department of State(DOS) and the US Department of Homeland Security(DHS). That means you should have a solid and well-justified application proving that your travel to the US is of national interest to get your application approved.

How can I apply for a National Interest Exception? 

To apply for an NIE, you have to submit your application directly to the US consulate and include evidence regarding your travel needs and your eligibility for the National Interest Exception.

The number of applications processed by the US embassies or consulates abroad becomes less amid COVID 19. To get an exemption under NIE, you should prove that your entry into the US is of national interest. If you need help, you can contact Sethi and Mazaheri law firm anytime.