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Oct 7, 2020

US Embassy clarifies on visa policy; No change yet

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The Embassy of the United States in Kathmandu. Photo: US Embassy facebook page
The Embassy of the United States in Kathmandu. Photo: US Embassy facebook page

The Embassy of the United States of America in Kathmandu, Nepal has said that there has been no change in US visa policy.

“We’d like to clarify that there has been no change to our policy, or to our decades-old law regarding members of communist parties or totalitarian regimes who are traveling or immigrating to the United States,” the embassy said in a statement on Tuesday.

U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued administrative guidance – essentially an instruction manual – to USCIS officers for the immigration applications of people already within the United States. News about this administrative guidance has caused confusion, it added.

In 1952, the U.S. Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which barred people from immigrating to the United States on the basis of membership in, or affiliation with a Communist or any other totalitarian party.

The law provides for many exceptions and waivers, allowing party members to immigrate to the U.S. if otherwise qualified.  The INA does not affect people wanting to visit the United States temporarily with a non-immigrant visa.

The United States welcomes those with diverse backgrounds and beliefs to apply for visas.  We also respect Nepal’s multiparty democracy and will continue to work with the country’s elected government and people to advance bilateral ties and strengthen democracy as we’ve been doing for the past 73 years.

The embassy has also clarified that members of the Communist Party of Nepal will not be automatically barred from immigrating to the United States. “Every visa issue is decided individually,” the embassy said.

The United States respects Nepal’s multi-party democracy and continues to work with its elected government, the embassy said.

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