The travel bans necessitated by the COVID pandemic have created much flux and uncertainty. Synthesizing the information now finally available from various US government sources, it is clearer now that many intending travelers can seek and obtain an exemption from the ban under a series of provisions for a National Interest Exception (NIE).
You should be able to apply for an NIE to overcome the ban on travel to the USA if you meet any one or more of the following categories:
The US State Department has made the following announcement today regarding the phased resumption of visa services.
Q: When using the new visa appointment site, what should my client list in the mandatory field that asks for the "Request Number"?
A: When a visa applicant sets up a user account in the appointment system, an 8-digit identifying number is assigned to the applicant. When logged into the appointment system, this "Request Number" appears in white against a red background in the upper right hand corner of the screen in parentheses after the applicant's e-mail address:
State Department has published the following press release.
Press Releases 2010
U.S. ambassador announces more convenient U.S. visa application process
November 18, 2010