US Allows Travel Exceptions for Students From Brazil, China, Iran, South Africa

Students, certain academics, and journalists from China, Iran, Brazil, and South Africa will be able to qualify for a National Interest Exception (NIE) and be allowed to enter the United States, the Biden administration determined on Monday. The NIE is a designation granted for people who can demonstrate that their entry into the United States is a matter of national interest, allowing them an exception to certain travel bans such as those currently in place due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. Similar exceptions were made July last year under the Trump administration for students from Europe. The State Department also on March 2 had made similar exceptions for travelers from the Schengen Region, the UK, and Ireland. As a result of the latest determination by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, along with other exceptions already in place, travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the …

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