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22nd October 2021

On September 20th, the US will lift Covid-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers from the UK and most European countries from early November.
Effective November 1st 2021, all our participants will need to be fully vaccinated in order to take part in the programmes

  • All international travellers will need to prove they are fully vaccinated before boarding a flight (for UK this will mean at least 2 weeks past your second vaccination).
  • They will also require a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of departure for the USA
  • We have yet to hear from US Embassies in London, Belfast and Dublin as to when they will reopen for visa processing, but expect these to start soon. Some other European Embassies have already announced dates to re-open in the 2nd week of November.

Watch this space!

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5th October 2020: Update on temporary ban on J1 Visas

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Covid-19 - Visa Services and Restrictions

Update: 16 June, 2020

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Update 30 April 2020

There continues to be a pause on all visa interviews at US Embassies globally.

  1. If you had an interview booked at the embassy or consulate, ...

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