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COVID-19: POTUS suspends entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants previously physically present in Iran

  1. Date Announced

    Feb. 29, 2020

    POTUS issues 212(f) proclamation, suspending the entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants of all noncitizens who were present in Iran for 14 days preceding their entry into the United States, exempting some noncitizens, including lawful permanent residents (LPRs), spouses of U.S. citizens and LPRs, and others.

    [ID #836]

    See Biden administration action below.

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    Feb. 29, 2020
  3. Biden Administration Action

    May 27, 2021

    This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On May 27, 2021, the State Department expanded eligibility for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) to the ban on travelers from Iran. The following groups may now qualify for NIEs: "travelers. . . seeking to provide vital support or executive direction for critical infrastructure; those traveling to provide vital support or executive direction for significant economic activity in the United States; journalists; students and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs; immigrants; and fianc├ęs. . ."

    2021.05.27 National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, India, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland

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