NIE Waiver Validity Automatically Extended

The validity periods of National Interest Exceptions (NIE) issued to travelers affected by the US travel ban are being extended automatically.

Effective July 5, 2021, NIE waivers issued from a US Embassy post within the last 12 months will be valid for 12 months from the date of issuance. They will also be valid for multiple entry use, provided they are being used for the purpose for which they were granted and as stated on the waiver.

Restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (PPs) 9984, 9992, 10143, 10199, and similar subsequent PPs related to the spread of COVID-19 apply to travelers who have been present in China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland or India 14 days prior to travel to the US. Those subject to the travel ban can apply for an exemption to the ban if they qualify for an NIE waiver.

Eligibility for the National Interest Exception was most recently broadened to include those “providing vital support or executive direction for significant economic activity in the United States”.

Other NIE eligible travelers include journalists (I visas), travelers providing executive direction or vital support for critical infrastructure sectors, or directly linked supply chains and travel in support of national security or public health.

Travelers who are subject to the travel ban and who have not been issued an NIE will need to make an application for a waiver, and hold a valid and appropriate visa or ESTA authorization for travel.

US immigration advice

If you are planning to travel to the US and believe you may qualify for a waiver under a national interest exemption, or if you do not believe you qualify yet have an urgent need to travel to the US, speak to our US immigration specialists to discuss your options.

This article does not constitute direct legal advice and is for informational purposes only.