Department of State released guidance
on national interest exceptions to Presidential Trump’s April and June 2020
immigration bans which suspended the entry of certain immigrant visa
applicants, applicants for H-1B, H-2B, L-1 visa, certain J-1 visa applicants,
and spouses or children applying for H-4, L-2, or J-2 visas through December
final determination regarding a visa applicant’s eligibility for a national
interest exception will be made at the Embassy or Consulate interview.
following, among others, will be considered for a national interest exception
for H-1B and L-1 visa applicants:
health or healthcare professionals, or researchers to alleviate the effects of
the COVID-19 pandemic, or to conduct ongoing medical research in an area with a
substantial public benefit. This
includes those traveling to alleviate secondary impacts not directly related to
COVID-19, but adversely impacted by the pandemic.
requested to come to the U.S. by a U.S. government agency to meet critical U.S.
foreign policy objectives or to satisfy treaty or contractual obligations.
entering the US to resume ongoing employment with the same employer in the same
position and visa category.
specialists, senior level managers, and other workers whose travel is necessary
to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the U.S.
level executive or manager filling a critical business need of an employer
meeting a critical infrastructure need.
the principal applicant qualifies for a national interest exception, any
accompanying dependents will be able to receive the corresponding H-4, L-2, or
J-2 visa. Applicants who are subject to aging out of their current immigrant
visa classification by January 14, 2021 can contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or
Consulate to request an emergency appointment.
you need to travel internationally and you believe you may qualify for a
national interest exception please contact your MU attorney.