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DOS allows CBP to waive visa requirements in emergencies

  1. Date Announced

    Sept. 5, 2017

    DOS issues final rule that authorizes CBP officers to waive requirement for nonimmigrants to present visas upon inspection in cases in which the CBP District Director concludes there is a legitimate, unforeseen emergency, that prevents the noncitizen from presenting the relevant documents. [ID #695]

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    Oct. 5, 2017
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Rule
Subject Matter: Non-Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: CBP Bureau of Consular Affairs

Prior Policies

  • Rulemaking finalizes the same procedures outline in a Notice of Proposed Final Rulemaking issued on March 8, 2016. Both reinstate a 1999 Department of State amendment that was invalidated by court order in *United Airlines v. Brien*, 588 F.3d 158 (2nd Cir. 2009).

    NPRM Reinstating DOS Regulation

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