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DOS imposes bond pilot program for business, tourists visas from certain countries

  1. Date Announced

    Nov. 24, 2020

    DOS invokes President Trump's April 22, 2019 "Presidential Memorandum on Combatting High Nonimmigrant Overstay Rates" to a create six-month Visa Bond Pilot Program for nonimmigrant B-1/B-2 visa applicants from certain countries with higher "overstay" rates. DHS and ICE will enforce the system, giving discretion to consular officers to impose $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 bonds.

    Countries include: Afghanistan, Angola, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), Djibouti, Eritrea, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Laos, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. [ID#1200]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Nov. 24, 2020

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