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Qualified college students, academics exempt from US travel restrictions on India – Times of India


Indian college students in search of to begin research in US faculties, faculties, and universities in fall 2021 could qualify for a National Interest Exception (NIE). Representational picture: BCCL

WASHINGTON: Indian college students in search of to begin research in US faculties, faculties, and universities in fall 2021 could qualify for a National Interest Exception (NIE) to get across the travel restrictions being imposed by the Biden administration following the Covid-19 upsurge in India, the US State Department stated on Friday.
Certain academics, journalists, and people who present crucial infrastructure help within the US might also be eligible for the exception, the State Department stated hours after the White House rolled out a travel ban citing “extraordinarily high” case masses and a number of Covid-19 variants circulating in India. On Friday, the subcontinent tallied over 400,000 instances, the best single-day infections recorded in any nation up to now.
“After reviewing the public health situation within the Republic of India, CDC has concluded that proactive measures are required to protect the Nation’s public health from travelers entering the United States from that jurisdiction,” US president Joe Biden stated in a proclamation on the India ban. The CDC advise that variants present in India, UK, and South Africa have “characteristics of concern which may make them more easily transmitted and have the potential for reduced protection afforded by some vaccines,” Biden added.
The State Department, which already has comparable travel exceptions for Brazil, China, Iran, and South Africa, stated India too could be subjected to the identical consistent with the US dedication to facilitate legit travel. It, nevertheless, warned that the pandemic continues to restrict the quantity of visas US embassies and consulates overseas are capable of course of.
The notification stated that college students who have already got legitimate F-1 and M-1 visas intending to start or proceed a tutorial program commencing August 1, 2021 or later could enter the US no sooner than 30 days earlier than the beginning of their tutorial research. Such college students don’t must contact an embassy or consulate to hunt a person NIE to travel.
However, it suggested college students in search of to use for brand new F-1 or M-1 visas to verify the standing of visa providers on the nearest embassy or consulate. Those candidates who’re discovered to be in any other case certified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will routinely be thought-about for an NIE to travel, it added.
The State Department additional stated it will proceed to grant NIEs for certified vacationers in search of to enter US for functions associated to humanitarian travel, public well being response, and nationwide safety.
In the presidential proclamation saying the travel restrictions issued earlier, the White House, too, made a number of exceptions, together with for everlasting residents (inexperienced card holders), noncitizen who’s the partner of a US citizen or lawful everlasting resident/inexperienced card holder, any noncitizen who’s the mother or father or authorized guardian of a US citizen or lawful everlasting resident supplied that the US citizen or lawful everlasting resident is single and below the age of 21, any noncitizen who’s the sibling of a US citizen or lawful everlasting resident supplied that each are single and below the age of 21, any noncitizen who’s the kid, foster little one, or ward of a US citizen or lawful everlasting resident, or who’s a potential adoptee in search of to enter the US.
The ban additionally doesn’t apply to authorities officers and air and sea crew touring on work. The restrictions, anticipated to be non permanent until the pandemic is below management, will principally have an effect on India’s massive white collar work drive on H1B visitor visas and enterprise vacationers.

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