The latest decision of the President of the United States of America Donald Trump to introduce visa restriction for several countries, including Nigeria, has left the latter unsatisfied causing polemics in both countries.
While for some people the idea has been dubbed as the way racism and politics work, for others the signed proclamation by the US government is a preventive way to increase security in the US.
The visa ban will be effective from February 21 and includes countries like Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar, Tanzania, and Kyrgyzstan.
After finding this decision of suspending immigrant visas to Nigeria “outrageous”, the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari is planning to make a discussion with the American Government to find a way to get through this situation, VisaGuide.World reports.
On Wednesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, Geoffrey Onyema, participated in a meeting with the US government, where the visa ban issue was discussed. At this meeting, a decision to hold another meeting was taken by those present, in order to take further steps in this regard.
The main reason for the sanction imposed for Nigeria, according to the US, is the absence of communication.
The travel ban decision for Nigerians, the government claims, came after the lack of information about public-safety and terrorism in this country, which information serves for the protection of national security and public safety of the United States of America.
“The Minister of Interior and the US Consul General were at the meeting. On the refusal to share information on security which the US accused us of, the Migration Information and Data Analysis System which have been activated at four of our international airports will take care of that. The Minister of Interior inaugurated it (MIDAS) since January 2020. It was just officially inaugurated by the President about three days ago,” a source said regarding the issue.
Nigeria hopes that the activation of the Migration Information and Data Analysis System will help them solve this problem.
It’s also been clear that the visa ban will not include tourists, students, and business class.
Nigeria announced that the visa application fee will be reduced for Americans from $180 to $160 to further strengthen its relations with the US.
In 2018, America accepted some 7,900 immigrants from Nigeria, which has been by far the highest number for any African nation, which immigrants were all relatives of American citizens.
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