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Southern Africa Travel Ban to Be Terminated on December 31

From Fragomen Worldwide:

President Biden has issued a proclamation, effective 12:01am ET on December 31, 2021, that lifts the travel ban for foreign nationals recently present in one of eight Southern African countries.

After the ban lifts, foreign nationals with recent physical presence in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe will remain subject to the U.S. COVID vaccination and testing requirements applicable to all international air travelers.

Foreign nationals whose visa applications were refused solely due to the Southern African ban are advised to contact their local embassy or consulate to request reconsideration. However, due to COVID restrictions and consular resource issues, consulates may not be able to schedule affected applicants immediately.

Visa Bulletin – January 2022

According to the State Department’s October Visa Bulletin :

  • EB-1: All countries, including China and India, will remain current.
  • EB-2: China will advance to Apr 1, 2019, and India will advance to Jul 8, 2013. All other countries will remain current.
  • EB-3: Professionals and Skilled Workers: China will advance to Apr 1, 2018, and India will advance to Jan 2, 2012. All other countries will remain current.

Health, Safety, and Welfare of Exchange Visitors – EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER

Ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of all exchange visitors is the Department of State’s collective highest priority. The Department takes this responsibility very seriously in order to ensure the continued viability of international educational and cultural exchange as an effective public diplomacy tool.

To help safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of all exchange visitors, the Department has established an Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) Emergency Hotline – 1-866-283-9090 – a 24/7 toll-free telephone number that allows exchange visitors to directly contact the Department in emergency and urgent situations. A Department representative is available 24 hours a day.