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National Interest Exceptions

Thursday, July 16, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: AICC Staff
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Several AICC members have expressed concern at the travel restrictions imposed by the Federal Government and the effect on the ability of software and commissioning experts coming to the U.S. from the European manufacturer’s location.  U.S. Embassies had been closed during the pandemic and are beginning to reopen.  We have noted the below message that was posted by the U.S. Embassy in Austria.  We expect other U.S. Embassies in Europe to offer the same service.

National Interest Exceptions

Starting July 15, 2020, Embassy Vienna will resume processing of limited categories of non-immigrant visa applications.  At this time, we are prioritizing services for citizens and residents of Austria.

The following categories of travelers may now qualify for national interest exceptions (NIEs) under Presidential Proclamation 9993, which has suspended routine travel from the Schengen Area to the United States:

  • Investors: Travel in connection with investment or trade in the U.S. economy that generates a substantial economic impact, including investors and treaty-traders on E visas and the senior-level employees who provide strategic direction or expertise essential to the success of the investment, and their dependents. 
  • Economic: Temporary travel that provides a substantial economic benefit to the U.S. economy, including:
  • Technical experts and specialists to install, service, maintain, or receive training for vessels, machinery and other specialized equipment used by U.S. and foreign firms with a substantial investment in the United States. Travel is temporary in nature and for a defined period of time.