On April 30th, President Biden signed a proclamation restricting entry into the United States of non-U.S. citizens who have been physically present in India during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the U.S. The proclamation lists exceptions to the travel ban, including legal permanent residents, noncitizen spouses of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, noncitizen parents of U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident children under the age of 21, certain noncitizen siblings of a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, and those whose entry would be in the national interest of the United States. The ban will go into effect at 12:01am on May 4, 2021. President Biden will reassess the ban after 30 days and at the end of each month thereafter.
Miller Mayer strongly urges all non-U.S. citizens currently in India to return to the United States prior to May 4, 2021. Otherwise, unless you meet one of the enumerated exceptions, you will not be permitted to travel to the United States until the ban is terminated or you obtain a national interest exception. However, keep in mind that applying for a national interest exception may prove difficult given that U.S. consulates and embassies in India may be closed for the foreseeable future. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Miller Mayer attorney.