U.S. conditions for review of visa ban on Nigeria

* Charges Nigeria to improve on sharing data intelligence 

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The United States (U.S.) Government has given the Nigerian Government conditions under which the recent visa policy, affecting six countries, including Nigeria, could be reviewed.

Agency report states that Mrs. Mary-Beth Leonard, U.S Ambassador to Nigeria, gave the conditions during her familiarisation visit to Dr. (Sen.) Chris Ngige, Honourable Minister for Labour and Employment, in Abuja, FCT, Tuesday.

Mrs. Leonard said that the policy would be reviewed once Nigeria improves her data intelligence.

She hinged this demand on the fact that it would be easy to investigate any immigrant wishing to visit the United States, and meet information-sharing systems, so the ban might likely be reviewed.

It is recalled that the U.S recently announced that it is expanding its curbs on immigration to include six more countries, including Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation.

The development means that citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar will now be blocked from obtaining certain types of U.S. visas.

“I think I need to clarify something for you here. The immigrant visa ban does not affect people who are currently resident in the United States.

“It does not cancel the status of anyone currently in the United States.

“What Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State, said was something that was meant to be temporary.

“And it is about problems with information sharing which are investigable, achievable and resolvable,” Ambassador Leonard said.

She stated that the U.S. looks forward to Nigeria in a very short while being able to meet those information sharing goals so that the visa ban decision can be reviewed.

“Also, students visas are not affected by the current visa ban,” she noted.

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