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Embassy is Welcoming Appointments for Limited Categories of Applicants Qualifying for NIEs
July 15, 2020

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Embassy Luxembourg is welcoming appointments for limited categories of applicants who may qualify for national interest exceptions (NIEs) under Presidential Proclamation 9993, which has suspended routine travel from the Schengen Area to the United States.  Appointments are now available for the following visa categories:

  • F visas;
  • M visas;
  • J visas (Professors, Research Scholars, Short Term Scholars, or Specialists);
  • E visas;
  • B1 visas (only for travel that provides significant economic benefit to the United States)

Application Process

Travelers who believe they fall under one the visa categories above should apply for their visas as normal. Please click here to begin your application process. A final determination regarding each applicant’s qualifications for a visa and for the NIE will be made by a consular officer at the time of the interview. Some conditions apply to travel, which will be explained at the interview.

Students with an existing F or M visa may travel to the United States and apply for admission on their current, valid visa, so long as they are in possession of a valid I-20. Students are advised to contact their Designated School Official (DSO) to ensure their course of study meets all DHS requirements before they book their travel. 

Other Exceptions 

Embassy Luxembourg will continue to process official and diplomatic visas pursuant to usual processes. In addition to the NIE categories listed above, Presidential Proclamation 9993 also provides a list of enumerated exceptions, which includes air and sea crew members and spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. If you believe that you qualify for an exception, please make an appointment. For additional questions, please contact the consular section at luxembourgconsular@state.gov.