April 30, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation that suspended the entry of certain categories of visa holders who have been in India for 14 days before their entry into the US. If you have a critical job then you are allowed the NIE or National Interest Exemption. This was initially approved for one month from the date of issue of the NIE. The NIE was valid for one month on approval by US Embassies/Consulates in India.
On June 29, 2021, The State Department extended the validity of the NIE approval to a year, with multiple entries into the USA. You can use the extension of the NIE as long as it is used for the purpose for which you were granted it.
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Who is Exempt from the Presidential Proclamation 10199?
- If you are married to a US citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR), and you are not a citizen yourself, you are exempt.
- If you are the parent or legal guardian of a US citizen or LPR who is unmarried and under 21 years of age but you yourself are not a US citizen, you are exempt.
- If you are below 21 and unmarried non-US citizen sibling (brother or sister) of a US citizen who is below 21 and is not married, you can be exempt from the Proclamation.
- If you are a child, foster child or ward of a US citizen or LPR or if you are an adoptee under the IR-4 or IH-4 visa you can enter the US.
- As a non-US citizen, you can enter the US even if the US citizen or LPR family member is not with you when you travel. The location of the US citizen does not matter.