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The U.S. State Department has extended the validity period of national interest exceptions (NIEs) for travelers who are subject to U.S. COVID-19 entry bans.
BAL Analysis: The change will ease travel procedures for those who qualify for an NIE to the U.S.’s COVID-19 entry restrictions. It is important to note that to be valid for 12 months for multiple entries, the NIE must be used for the same purpose under which it was granted. Employers and employees are reminded that a number of travel restrictions remain in place, and the government issues frequent updates to its guidance. Many consulates continue to operate at a limited capacity, and applicants should expect significant delays in obtaining visa appointments. Foreign nationals should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning international travel.
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