National Interest Exceptions

On November 8, 2021, the White House lifted PP 10143, which previously restricted entry for some travelers from the Schengen zone to the U.S.  The National Interest Exception (NIE) process has been eliminated.  Travelers to the U.S. from all countries now need to comply with the new testing and vaccination requirements as determined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  Please see the Department of State’s information page and FAQ page for details.

Even if you received an NIE in the past, you are still subject to the new vaccination and testing requirements to enter the U.S. 

If you would like to apply for a nonimmigrant visa, please visit our nonimmigrant visa webpage.