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destone Mar 10th 2021 10:18 am

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 

Originally Posted by destone (Post 12981238)
And so I contacted the London Embassy yesterday (Sunday) upon landing via the usual way on their website. They replied today (so far it's consistent with prior experience). However, there are two changes:
  • Instead of replying to the sender (LondonInfoUnit at state dot gov), the requested information must now be sent to LondonNIE at state dot gov. This implies that the information shared in this JD Supra article is correct, i.e. "Additionally, as the Department of State in Washington, D.C. will adjudicate these waiver requests, not the individual consular posts, we could see delays in the adjudication of these NIE waiver requests."
  • There are two additional questions (there were 24 vs. 26 now):
    • "Have you previously applied for a national interest exception? (Yes/No)"
    • "What is your plan for adhering to CDC guidelines related to COVID-19?"
I'll keep the forum posted regarding the outcome. Previously, I'd get the approval in 5 business days. We'll see about that. If I don't receive approval by next week Friday I must go back home to LAX via two weeks in Mexico.

I submitted my NIE waiver request on Monday, and got it approved today (Wednesday). It took 3 business days, whereas in the past it took 5 business days (on average).

fiona stanfield Mar 14th 2021 8:24 am

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 
How did you contact theUS Embassy. I cannot find any links to email them. I am going to try and get an NIE for my partner who isa British citizen under compassionate reasons. The only thing is I think you have to travel within 30 days and I have no idea when my son in law is going to take a turn for the worst. So I think I should wait till he has his scan in 2 weeks and see what the doctors say. With an NIE what kind of proof would you need from the doctor?
Thanks in advance

destone Mar 14th 2021 11:53 am

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 

Originally Posted by fiona stanfield (Post 12983348)
How did you contact theUS Embassy. I cannot find any links to email them. I am going to try and get an NIE for my partner who isa British citizen under compassionate reasons. The only thing is I think you have to travel within 30 days and I have no idea when my son in law is going to take a turn for the worst. So I think I should wait till he has his scan in 2 weeks and see what the doctors say. With an NIE what kind of proof would you need from the doctor?
Thanks in advance

Please check here FAQ 1.6:
https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/u-s-v...d-travel-faqs/

I am unable to advise on what proof you need for compassionate reasons as I apply under my employment.

fiona stanfield Mar 14th 2021 6:35 pm

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 
Thank you!

destone Mar 23rd 2021 6:07 pm

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 

Originally Posted by destone (Post 12981984)
I submitted my NIE waiver request on Monday, and got it approved today (Wednesday). It took 3 business days, whereas in the past it took 5 business days (on average).

Update on my travel back the US: the new NIE process seems more efficient. 1) the BA check-in at LHR T5 First Wing was a breeze (it was a simple phone call to override the system); and 2) I didn't get pulled over to the CBP office like last time at LAX, instead the officer by the GE kiosks checked the printed email from the Embassy, and he said "welcome back".

Tino Mar 25th 2021 2:02 pm

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexled...an-by-mid-may/

Rumoured to be looking at the middle of May to lift the travel restrictions into US. We've been here before of course!

fiona stanfield Mar 25th 2021 9:16 pm

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 
I am going to keep my fingers crossed on this. It would be a Godsend for me and my partner if the US did open up. I read the Forbes article. Thanks for posting the link.

Jerseygirl Mar 25th 2021 9:21 pm

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 

Originally Posted by Tino (Post 12987620)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexled...an-by-mid-may/

Rumoured to be looking at the middle of May to lift the travel restrictions into US. We've been here before of course!

Yeah...it’s a stretch. It is one thing for the US to ease restrictions, but I can’t see many of the other countries doing so.

Giantaxe Mar 25th 2021 9:35 pm

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 

Originally Posted by Jerseygirl (Post 12987779)
Yeah...it’s a stretch. It is one thing for the US to ease restrictions, but I can’t see many of the other countries doing so.

Indeed. US cases are down hugely, but seem to have plateaued around 50k per day. That's only about 20% lower than last summer's peak. So I can't see many countries rushing any time soon to ease restrictions on US residents entering, especially with several more dangerous variants out there.

destone Mar 26th 2021 6:12 am

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 

Originally Posted by Jerseygirl (Post 12987779)
It is one thing for the US to ease restrictions, but I can’t see many of the other countries doing so.

The article is about the US, which is what we're interested in.

Gecksy Apr 2nd 2021 5:36 pm

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 
As it stands today am I and a friend able to extend my stay on VWP by 30 days??

I am a British citizen and she is Australian

destone Apr 3rd 2021 3:20 am

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 

Originally Posted by Gecksy (Post 12990651)
As it stands today am I and a friend able to extend my stay on VWP by 30 days??

I am a British citizen and she is Australian

There's zero guarantee (and so don't plan on it) but start your research here: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/nationa...gram-travelers

On what ground do you think you're eligible for an extension?

kateinbrooklyn Apr 20th 2021 3:21 pm

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 
Hi - this question is on behalf of a neighbor and wondering if anyone has any advice for her. I can find information on how to enter the USA with a certificate attesting to prior infection, but not how to enter the UK.

Looking for advice - my sister and her husband had covid in late March, they have quarantined and are symtom-free. It’s our understanding that after covid you can still test positive for up to 90 days, but are not supposed to be contagious. they’re supposed to fly home to London tomorrow (booked before they had covid). They tested positive yesterday. The airline isn’t giving them any advice and they can’t reach anyone at the British consulate. Has anyone else experienced something like this? Obviously they want to do what’s safest for all.

Boiler Apr 20th 2021 3:51 pm

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 
I would anticipate they need to test negative, friend who had it had a test about a month after diagnosis and was negative.

US had a travel advisory now for about 80% of countries https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56813852

wisygreen Apr 20th 2021 4:56 pm

Re: Covid 19 Travel/Immigration to USA - please check here and ask questions
 
I understand you need a negative test to travel but the information from UK gov. is found here:
https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control


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