- The US has revealed why it placed a ban on Nigeria and other five countries
- Nigeria is among 5 countries put on travel ban by the government of the United States of America
- According to the report, the Nigerian government had been informed since March 2019
Amid criticisms against the travel ban placed on Nigeria and five other countries by the government of the United States of America, the White House has said that it informed the country a year before it finally took action.
Legit.ng gathered that the US government revealed that it notified all foreign governments of a change in its performance metrics for identity-management and information sharing criteria since March 11, 2019.
The White House noted that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identified the worst-performing countries for further interagency review and for an assessment of the potential impact of visa restrictions
The US government in a proclamation published on the White House website said that Nigeria and the five other affected countries were among the worst-performing in the world.
The statement read: “The process began on March 11, 2019, when the United States government formally notified all foreign governments (except for Iran, Syria, and North Korea) about the refined performance metrics for the identity-management and information-sharing criteria.
“DHS identified the worst-performing countries for further interagency review and for an assessment of the potential impact of visa restrictions. In addition, the United States government, led by the department of state, continued or increased engagements with many countries about those countries’ deficiencies.”
The proclamation imposes a ban on the issuance of immigrant visas to Nigerian passport holders.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, said that the embassy suspended the issuance of visas to Nigerians.
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