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Suspension of US Immigrant Visas to Nigerians,Buhari sets up committee

By Oluwaseun Sonde

President Muhammadu Buhari has established a committee, to be chaired by the Hon. Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to study and address the updated U.S. requirements while committee will work with the U.S Government, INTERPOL and other stakeholders to ensure all updates are properly implemented.

In a press release by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in the state house, Abuja on Saturday. On 31st January 2020, the United States (U.S) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced temporary travel restrictions on six countries including Nigeria.

For Nigeria, the restriction is the suspension of the issuance of “immigrant visas” to Nigerian passport holders only.

This suspension shall come into effect on 21st February 2020. The suspension does not apply to other U.S visas such as those for official, business, tourism and student travel.

The DHS states the suspension of “immigrant visas” became necessary following a review and update of the methodology (performance metrics) adopted by the U.S Government to assess compliance of certain security criteria by foreign governments.

This resulted in certain enhancements on how information is shared between Nigeria and the U.S. Nigeria remains committed to maintaining productive relations with the United States and its international allies especially on matters of global security.

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  1. The ban will only be implemented on the immigrant visa which will put restriction to immigration to the US. Sudan was already disqualified to join the visa lottery which is a part of the diversity visa program that grants permanent residency to the chosen applicants.

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