Original Date AnnouncedNovember 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]2020.11.24 DEPARTMENT OF STATE 22 CFR Part 41 [Public Notice: 11218] RIN 1400–AE99 Visas: Visa Bond Pilot Program
Effective DateNovember 24, 2020