I am subject to Presidential Proclamation 10199 but have a valid nonimmigrant visa and believe I qualify for a National Interest Exception. What do I need to do?
(National Interest Exception Frequently Asked Questions | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in India)
Visa holders with definite plans to travel who can demonstrate qualification for a National Interest Exception may contact the Embassy or Consulate that issued their visa to request a national interest exception prior to travel:
The email must include the following information for all travelers seeking an exception, as it appears on the visa:
Date of birth, in DDMMMYYY format (ie – 01JAN2021):
Country of birth:
Country of citizenship:
Visa Number* and Category:
Issuing Post Name (upper left corner of visa):
Travel purpose and national interest category, including a clear justification for receipt of a NIE:
*The visa number, also known as the visa foil number, is located on the lower right of the visa. Please attach a scanned copy of your visa.
Each request will be carefully considered as our limited resources allow. Emails in languages other than English may slow response time. We aim to respond to each request within two weeks but cannot guarantee a decision date or the outcome of the decision. Errors in the submitted data may prevent approval in NIE requests.
Please note that National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) are now valid for12 months and multiple entries from the day of approval, though only for the originally-approved purpose of travel. This change is retroactive for all NIEs issued under PP 10199 or other COVID-related proclamations, even if you previously received an NIE with a shorter duration.