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COVID-19 Restrictions on U.S. Visas and Entry

This page tracks U.S. visa and entry restrictions related to COVID-19. See NAFSA's Coronavirus Critical Resources Page for related information and resources. Page Contents Coronavirus travel bans by Presidential Proclamation (updated 06/22/2020) U.S. Consular and Visa Services General Suspension of
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Coronavirus Critical Resources

NAFSA has assembled these resource links to help you navigate issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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DOS Limits Use of B Visas for Birth Tourism

A Department of State (DOS) final rule prohibits consular officers from issuing B visas if they determine the applicant's principal purpose is what the administration calls "birth tourism." See 85 FR 4219 (January 24, 2020), effective on the date of publication. DOS published this as a direct final
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Impementation of ESTA for VWP Entry at Land Ports of Entry

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is developing an interim final rule that will expand the ESTA pre-registration requirement to Visa Waiver Program (VWP) visitors planning to enter the United States through land ports of entry. Currently, ESTA pre-registration is needed only for VWP entry
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Presidential Proclamation 9945

Under Presidential Proclamation 9945, Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System (PP 9945), effective November 3, 2019 applicants for immigrant visas must show to the satisfaction of a consular officer, before an immigrant visa is issued, that
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CBP Policy on Border Searches of Electronic Devices

During secondary inspection, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer may search a traveler's electronic device to determine admissibility and identify any violation of laws. DHS OIG Report OIG-19-10 (December 3, 2018) - CBP's Searches of Electronic Devices at Ports of Entry describes that
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Education Abroad Visas: Working Smarter, Not Harder

If your office doesn't have a solid strategy to systematically address student visa needs, then you are likely repeating work unnecessarily, providing incorrect or inconsistent information, losing enrolled students and their revenue, or even potentially putting your institution at risk for liability
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