Department of State Confirms European Students May Enter USA

Department of State Confirms European Students May Enter USA

The U.S. State Department has clarified that international students from the EU and the UK will be allowed to enter the country under ‘national interest’ exemptions.

The Department of State has published a statement on national interest exemptions for travelers from Schengen area European countries, Ireland and the UK, and has confirmed that F-1 and M-1 visa holders qualify.

Students arriving at Florida Prep from these areas throughout this school year have reported no difficulties in receiving visas or in entering the United States. 

Delays have occurred, however, in those countries where U.S. Embassies have been operating on restricted hours. The Florida Prep Admissions team, along with in-country agents is advising students to apply immediately upon receipt of paperwork if a visa is required.
In a statement, the Department of State said, “Students traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland with valid F-1 and M-1 visas do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual national interest exception to travel.

“Students seeking to apply for new F-1 or M-1 visas should check the status of visa services at the nearest embassy or consulate; those applicants who are found to be otherwise qualified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will automatically be considered for a national interest exception to travel.”

The Department of State said that granting national interest exemptions to students would assist with the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and “bolster key components of our transatlantic relationship”.

Click here to access the Department of State statement.


Parts of this story originally appeared in Study Travel Magazine 02/12/2021