The State Department published a final rule today that exempts some immigrant visa applicants whose applications were denied under Trump-era entry bans from paying visa fees.
Background: President Joe Biden repealed the Trump proclamations his first day in office. Biden directed the State Department to develop a proposal for reconsidering applications that were denied under the Trump proclamations and to determine whether it was necessary to charge an additional fee to process these applications.
The State Department’s rule provides a one-time exemption per eligible applicant. The rule does not apply to immigrant visa applicants who were denied under the Trump proclamations on or after Jan. 20, 2020, because federal regulations already provide for the reconsideration of their previously filed applications, without an additional application fee.
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