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The U.S. State Department said this week that visa applicants can request reconsideration if their cases were rejected solely because of their presence in a country that was previously covered by a COVID-19 entry ban.
BAL Analysis: Visa applicants whose cases were rejected solely because they were subject to a “physical presence” ban should contact BAL if they would like to request reconsideration.
The new COVID-19 entry rules apply only to nonimmigrant air travel to the U.S. and do not affect visa issuance. This means the State Department can issue visas regardless of an applicant’s vaccination status or their eligibility for an exception, but subsequent travel to the U.S. will be governed by the new entry protocols. Employers and employees should continue to consult their BAL professional before planning any international travel.
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