Plasma Donation Ban for Some Visa Holders Draws Legal Challenge

Sept. 7, 2021, 6:56 PM

A recent declaration by U.S. Customs and Border Protection that certain visa holders can’t donate plasma if they receive payment in return is unlawful and will needlessly damage public health, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in D.C. federal court.

On June 15, CBP asserted that donating plasma constitutes “labor for hire” that’s prohibited for individuals on B-1/B-2 visas if the donor receives a payment, according to a complaint filed in the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia.

Biopharmaceutical companies including CSL Behring argue that the ban contravenes the Immigration and Nationality Act. Entering the U.S. to donate ...

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