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Are DV2020 visa holder allowed to enter the US?

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My cousin is from Algeria. He was lucky to pass his interview back in February and obtained a DV-1 visa.


He booked a ticket but unfortunately, he was not able to travel to the US due to Trump’s ban of flights from Shengen area which his flight was transitioning though.

 

 I know there’s another ban in effect on new immigrants.

 

Given that his visa will expire in army August,  he is trying to book a ticket to the US with a stopover in Paris, France.

 

My question is: can he enter the US now?

 

If not on what basis he will be denied entry? Is it going to be because of the immigrants ban? Or because of transitioning through Shengen area?

 

Was any one able to enter the US with a DV-1 Visa recently?

 

 

Thank you for your help.

 

 

 

 

 

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Why through Paris? With the issues.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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I SERIOUSLY doubt it is the only route.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Posted (edited)

He cannot fly via Paris as long as schengen is on the Covid ban list. He needs to find another way to get to the US before his visa expires, without traveling through a banned country. Immigrant visa holders are not exempted from the ban. He may have to take a long way round. Is there routing through another African country that has direct flights to the US, or via Dubai, for example? 
 

There is not a ban on new immigrants, there is a ban on new visas being issued. Holders of valid visas are allowed to enter. It is clearly stated in the proclamation that it is not retroactive and in all DoS info on it. The schengen ban is the problem.

 

 

Edited by SusieQQQ

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Expedia shows flights available from Algiers to Dubai and then Emirates  direct from Dubai to JFK, as an example. 
 

emirates website https://www.emirates.com/us/english/destinations/alg/jfk/flights-from-algiers-to-new-york-john-f-kennedy shows a flight available on Thursday 30 July for this route.



 

 

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12 minutes ago, SusieQQQ said:

Expedia shows flights available from Algiers to Dubai and then Emirates  direct from Dubai to JFK, as an example. 
 

emirates website https://www.emirates.com/us/english/destinations/alg/jfk/flights-from-algiers-to-new-york-john-f-kennedy shows a flight available on Thursday 30 July for this route.



 

 

Thank you. We’ll try if it works with this flight. 
 

It’s really hard to flight from Algiers these days. The country closed its borders. 

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13 minutes ago, madisonsquare said:

Thank you. We’ll try if it works with this flight. 
 

It’s really hard to flight from Algiers these days. The country closed its borders. 

A lot of countries have, but sometimes you can get special permission to leave for something like emigration. Not sure what the specific situation is there. 

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Avoid European countries for now. Make your way to Dubai or Doha or Addis Ababa then connect to the US. This is where you need to think outside the box.

Edited by retheem

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On 7/24/2020 at 10:52 AM, SusieQQQ said:

A lot of countries have, but sometimes you can get special permission to leave for something like emigration. Not sure what the specific situation is there. 

My cousin was lucky enough to board on that Emirates flight and enter the US without any problems. Thank you for your great advice SusieQQQ

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46 minutes ago, madisonsquare said:

My cousin was lucky enough to board on that Emirates flight and enter the US without any problems. Thank you for your great advice SusieQQQ

Glad to hear that! Thanks for coming back to update.

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