Entry is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation, of non-LPR foreign nationals who were present in India, South Africa, the People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Brazil within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States.
Pursuant to a national interest determination by the Secretary of State on April 26, 2021, students and academics subject to Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 due to their presence in India, South Africa, China, Iran, Brazil, the Schengen area, and the United Kingdom and Ireland, may qualify for an NIE if their academic program begins August 1, 2021 or later. If the NIE is approved, Individuals will no longer need to be outside of the restricted countries for 14 days before visa issuance or before entering the United States.
If your case number is listed below, then the administrative processing for your visa application is complete.
If you are eligible for an NIE based on your visa classification and program start date, please send your passport and I-20 or DS-2019 to the Embassy by following the instructions at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-am/niv/information/courier. Keep in mind that failure to follow the instructions will result in delays in receiving your visa.
Please note that it usually takes at least 5 business days before you receive an email notification that you can pick up your passport from the same UMAKS/DHL office, Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, excluding Armenian holidays.
Applicants can also designate third parties to drop off and pick up their passports for them providing a letter of authorization signed by the applicant that contains the third party’s full legal name and a photo copy of the applicant’s identification (passport or national ID card).
Please contact CSC Visa Information Service directly at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-AM/niv/information/contact_us if you need further assistance.
If you are not eligible for an NIE and if you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to India, South Africa, China, Iran, the Schengen Area (which includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland), the United Kingdom, Ireland, or Brazil prior to your planned trip to the United States, please DO NOT send your passport to the Embassy and instead follow the instructions below. To determine your visa status and to continue processing your case, ensure that your I-20 or DS-2019 record is current and send a response to the questions below to: IranNIVyerevan@state.gov. Once we review your response, we will contact you with additional information.
- Have you resided, visited, or transited India, South Africa, Brazil, China, Iran, the United Kingdom and/or the Schengen Zone in the last 30 days? If yes, which countries?
- Do you have plans to reside, visit or transit India, South Africa, Brazil, China, Iran, the United Kingdom and/or the Schengen Zone prior to, or during, your travel to the United States? If yes, which countries?
- What is your intended/planned travel route(s) to the United States (please include airline, route, transit countries, etc.)? Please submit an itinerary if you have it or it was requested.
- Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States aged two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and documentation from a licensed health care provider or public health official of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Passengers must also attest, under penalty of law, to having received a negative qualifying test result or to recovery from COVID-19 and medical clearance to travel. See the CDC Proof of Negative Test Result pageto view the order, complete the attestation, and to see FAQ’s.
- Are you aware of quarantine requirements upon entering the United States and/or per local guidelines of your destination? Please review this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html
For more information please visit the following links:
- Monitor the U.S. CDC website for latest guidance regarding testing requirements.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- Check with your air carriers or travel representative prior to departure for the United States.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR STUDENT AND EXCHANGE VISITOR VISA APPLICANTS: We do not accept late arrival letters. If your program start date has already passed, in accordance with U.S. law, you must provide an updated I-20 form, have your SEVIS updated to reflect that you have a current program start date that is in the future, or a SEVIS annotation under the remarks section that late arrival is permitted. If you defer to a later program start date, please inform the Embassy.
J visas may be issued at any time prior to a program start date, but F visas may not be issued more than 120 days prior to a program start date. F and J visas are valid for U.S. entry no earlier than 30 days prior to the program start date.
Student and exchange visitor (F and J visa) applicants should notify us of any changes to their program start date, school, field of study, or SEVIS number before returning their passport to us for issuance. If the embassy has not been notified of this information, student visas may be printed with errors. Misprinted student visas will not be reprinted.
Family members of principal applicants will not be issued a visa before the principal applicant’s visa is issued. For example: F2, J2, L2 and H4 visas will not be issued until the respective F1, J1, L1 and H1B visas have been issued.
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