EXTENSION OF VALIDITY FOR NATIONAL INTEREST EXCEPTIONS FOR TRAVELERS FROM CHINA, IRAN, SOUTH AFRICA, THE SCHENGEN AREA, THE UNITED KINGDOM, IRELAND, AND INDIA: If a J-1 exchange visitor has an approved National Interest Exception (NIE) under a geographic Presidential Proclamation, how long will that NIE be valid?
Each approved NIE is valid for 12 months from the date of approval. Exchange visitors may use an NIE to travel to the United States multiple times for the purpose indicated in the approved NIE. This extension applies to travelers subject to these proclamations due to their presence in China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and India who currently have approved NIEs or who were granted NIEs in conjunction with a visa application. This is also retroactive for NIEs issued within the past 12 months.
For more details, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/extension-validity-for-nies-for-china-iran-brazil-south-africa-schengen-uk-ireland-india.html