Reunite families separated by USA travel restrictions

Reunite families separated by USA travel restrictions

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Genevieve Clutton started this petition to The Secretary of State of the United States of America Antony Blinken

Since early 2020, tens of thousands of non-immigrant visa holders living in the USA have effectively been banned from seeing their loved ones due to COVID-related travel restrictions. Visa holders whose families live in the UK, European Schengen Area, Brazil, South Africa, China, and Iran are barred from visiting their families because they would not be allowed to re-enter the United States and would therefore lose their visa and employment. The emotional toll of this ban is enormous on both the visa holders and their families. At a time when effective vaccines and rapid COVID testing are available to all adults in the USA, it is also unnecessary and cruel.

The restrictions for certain visa holders are particularly unfair because holders of other types of visa (for example, F, M, and J visas that often cover similar workers and students) may apply for a National Interest Exception allowing them to enter the USA. There is no conceivable epidemiological or humanitarian reason why this exemption should be denied to holders of one visa category and not the others.  We therefore request that the National Interest Exception be immediately extended to all non-immigrant visa holders.

Immigrant workers pay millions of dollars in taxes to the US government every year, make ground-breaking scientific discoveries, volunteer in our communities, and in the past year have made substantial contributions to COVID research, testing, and vaccination efforts. We understand, and fully support, the need for COVID restrictions, mask wearing, testing, and (where appropriate) quarantine periods.  We would be happy to provide evidence of vaccination and/or a recent negative COVID PCR test before traveling.  We are not asking for completely open borders.  All we ask is that we are granted the same rights as other non-immigrant visa holders in similar circumstances, to be able to see our loved ones after so many painful months of separation. 

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