The US State Department announced exemptions to recent travel bans in two posts on their website today. See video for details.
Some travelers from EU countries, including Ireland and UK, can apply for a "National Interest Exception". These travelers include J-1 students, E-1 and E-2 holders, academics and business visitors (refers to people affected by Presidential Proclamation 9993 and 9996).
F-1 and M-1 visa holders do not need an exemption and can enter the US (relates to PP 9993 and 9996).
The ban on issuing H, L and J visas will not apply to dependents of people who are not affected by the ban. In other words, dependents of people with H, L and J visas already can get the dependent visas at a consulate (relates to PP 10052)
The ban on immigrant visas doesn't apply to children who might age out before the PP (10014) ends.
Unfortunately, the announcements clarify that Diversity Visa applicants ARE subject to the bans.
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Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.