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BREAKING: US Gov’t Places Nigeria On Visa Restrictions
United States President, Donald Trump, is ready so as to add Nigeria and 6 others to a new checklist of nations on America’s visa restriction, Wall Street Journal reports.
In accordance with the report, Nigerians would not be barred from coming into the country however would not be issued with certain kinds of visas.
The administration, according to the Journal, has plans to roll out its expanded travel restrictions on Monday, marking the three-year anniversary of the previous travel ban Trump signed on his seventh day in in government, sparking controversy at first of his term.
Not like the initial travel ban checklist of 2017, many of the new countries don’t have majority-Muslim populations. A number of of them, nevertheless, have had comparatively larger charges of their residents overstaying visas within the US, based on DHS data.
The report reads partly, “The Trump administration plans so as to add seven international locations to a gaggle of countries topic to journey restrictions, together with Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, together with others in Africa and Asia, in response to administration officers who’ve seen the checklist.
“The brand new restrictions would apply to travellers and immigrants from Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. The international locations wouldn’t essentially face blanket bans on journey to the US, however might have restrictions positioned on particular varieties of visas, reminiscent of enterprise or customer visas, administration officers stated.”
Nigeria may very well be on the checklist as a result of excessive rate of individuals overstaying their visas.
Within the 2018 fiscal year, 24 per cent of Eritreans on business or visitor visas overstayed their permits, together with 15 per cent of Nigerians and 12 per cent of people from Sudan. These in contrast with a complete overstay rate within the category of 1.9 per cent.
In line with WSJ, some nations may very well be banned from taking part in the diversity visa lottery program, which awards green cards to individuals in countries with low levels of immigration to the US.
The President has called for an end to that program, saying it lets undesirable individuals into the US, and he has proposed reorienting the present visa system towards skilled workers as an alternative.
Nigeria had already been barred from collaborating from the lottery programme over six years in the past.
The officials stated that the checklist isn’t last, and on Tuesday the White House was nonetheless debating whether or not to incorporate one or two of the countries.
The Department of Homeland Security didn’t reply to request for remark. The State Division declined to remark.
The administration has stated that its coverage limiting travel is critical to forestall potential acts of terrorism, as nations on the checklist don’t adequately vet their travellers to the US.
The first order, which banned travel to the US by most residents of seven majority-Muslim international locations, was struck down by a federal court and withdrawn. A second iteration of the ban, issued in March 2017, was additionally struck down by a federal judge who stated it nonetheless amounted to religious discrimination in opposition to Muslims.
A third version of the coverage, issued in September 2017, was upheld by a divided Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling in June 2018 on the grounds that federal regulation provides the president broad authority to suspend entry to the US
These present restrictions blocked journey by people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and North Korea, and by political officials from Venezuela. The administration briefly included Chad on the ban checklist, however eliminated the country in April 2018.