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How can a previous stay in the U.S. help me get a waiver for the travel ban?

I held a J-1 visa several years ago and have an approved EB1-1 petition. I was born in Nigeria. Due to the new travel ban, I became inadmissible to the U.S. Can my previous stay in the U.S. as a J-1 visa holder help me get a waiver?

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    It would be one helpful factor. The other good news is that the Nigerian Foreign Minster who met with the U.S. Secretary of State indicates that they should be able to comply. So I am hopeful they will lift the ban, or grant a waiver.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    The order takes effect on Feb. 21, 2020. It is not being retroactively applied and since you have obtained your EB-1 visa, this new order should not apply to you.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    No, that is not one of the factors that would qualify a person for a waiver.

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    Mark AM Catam, Esq

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It depends on the nature of the prior J-1. If, for example, you were serving as a physician in an underserved area on the J-1, you could use it to argue approval of the waiver national interest. There are several prongs to the test, for instance, undue hardship; the entry would not post a threat to national security; the entry is in the national interest.

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    Belma Demirovic Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    No single factor is determinative. In theory, the travel ban is in response to current circumstances and past vetting for a visa is thus somewhat irrelevant. However, your attorney would raise any and all available grounds under the waiver criteria.