- Nigeria has been barred from enjoying US immigrant visa
- The ban also affected Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan
- Trump administration claims the affected countries did not comply with the U.S. minimum security standards
The administration of President Donald Trump has on Friday, January 31, imposed visa ban on Nigeria.
Apart from Nigeria, the ban also affected Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan.
With this ban, citizens from the affected countries will not be allowed to apply for visas to immigrate to the U.S.
According to the Trump administration, the affected countries did not comply with the U.S. minimum security standards or cooperate to prevent illegal immigration.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the new restrictions immigrants who were issued valid visas before February 21 will not be affected and are still free to move the U.S.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Nigeria’s finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, said if implemented, the new restriction would prompt government officials to find investors in other countries such as the UK.
“It means we will have to make meeting arrangements alternative to the U.S. because there are options that are open to us,” such as the U.K," she said.
Legit.ng had also reported that the US state department explained that in enforcing the new rules, applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular officers to be coming to the US primarily to give birth.
It said pregnant persons with medical needs will be treated like other foreigners coming to the US for medical treatment but must prove that they have the money to pay for it - including transportation and living expenses.
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