A Department of State temporary final rule creating a six-month pilot program under which applicants for B-1/B-2 visas from countries with high overstay rates and who have been approved by DHS for an inadmissibility waiver may be required to post a bond as a condition of visa issuance. The temporary final rule will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, November 24, 2020, and will be effective 30 days after publication.
By establishing the Pilot Program, the U.S. Government focuses on travelers who are nationals of: Afghanistan, Angola, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), Djibouti, Eritrea, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, 🇮🇷 Iran 🇮🇷, Laos, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen thereby sending a message to those countries in particular regarding the relevant overstay rates of their nationals.
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