HIV Waivers – Q & A on Removal of HIV Infection from the CDC List of Communicable Diseases of Public Health Significance

DOS issued a list of questions and answers on the removal of HIV infection from the CDC list of communicable diseases of public health significance. Issues addressed include the background of the rule change, visa application process, HIV-positive applicants who have previously been refused a visa, and information dissemination about the rule.

One of the main questions for the public is, before the effective date of January 4, 2010, what changes will take place for non-U.S. itizens with HIV infection who wish to enter the United States?
Until the final rule goes into effect on January 4, 2010, non-U.S. citizens who have HIV cannot be admitted to the United States without waivers granted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Certain nonimmigrants may qualify for issuance of visas from consular officers without first applying to DHS for waivers under a streamlined process established by DHS in its HIV Waiver Final Rule.

Effective January 4, 2010, visa applicants required to receive medical examinations will not be tested for HIV, and HIV-positive visa applicants will not be found ineligible for visas under Section 212(a)(1)(A)(i) of the INA and will not need waivers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prior to being issued visas, if otherwise qualified.

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