Federal Government And U.S Officials To Meet Next Week Over Visa Restriction

The Federal Government is making efforts to ensure the US government delist Nigeria from the recent visa restriction.

Recall that the U.S president Donald Trump on January 31,2020 imposed an immigrant visa ban on six ccountries which Nigeria was also included.

These was due to the fact that the Nigerian government does not comply with the established identity-management and information-sharing criteria assessed by the performance metrics in a proclamation signed by the U.S government.

Nigeria was affected by the restrictions policy because the Federal government of Nigeria does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information,said the U.S

However, a source privy to the ongoing negotiation between the US officials and a committee set up by the Federal Government disclosed that Nigeria held a meeting with the US government on wednesday night which was February 5, 2020, in Abuja whereas the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema and the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, who heads the committee.

In 2018, the US granted over 460,000 non-immigrant visas to Nigerians in 2018 while the 2019 non immigrants visa is yet to be disclosed by the U.S government.

They still issue visas to Nigerians whereas the immigrant visas granted to Nigerians in the same year was about 5,000.The visa ban is more about denting Nigeria’s image than the actual damage.

The visa ban by the US was caused by the absence of proper communication and meeting deadline.The new visa policy by the US is said to be effective from February 22,2020.Recall that we updated on the new reduction made by the Nigerian government to U.S visiting the country from $180 – $160

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