Except the federal government takes a proactive visa policy review, Nigerians will not be issued with American entry visas which have two-year validity following the executive Order signed on Friday by President Donald Trump, The Cable report.
Also, Nigerians who hold dual nationality are going to be affected if their other passport is from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — the seven Muslim-majority countries “of concern”.
A lot of attention has been on the temporary visa ban on citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries, but the impact on Nigerians is far more than previously thought.
An analysis of the executive Order by The Cable editors shows that a minimum of two sections will affect Nigerians directly.
Nigeria currently only issues one-year multiple-entry visa to Americans, which is a non-reciprocation of the two-year visa the country issues to Nigerians.
Section 9 of the executive Order states: “The Secretary of State shall review all non immigrant visa reciprocity agreements to make sure that they’re , with reference to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with reference to validity period and costs , as needed by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment. If a country doesn’t treat US nationals seeking non-immigrant visas during a reciprocal manner, the Secretary of State shall adjust the visa validity period, fee schedule, or other treatment to match the treatment of USA nationals by the foreign country, to the extent practicable…”
By this provision, except the federal government quickly moves to increase the validity of Nigerian visa to Americans, Nigerians too are going to be issued with one-year visas.
Given that the Trump order takes immediate effect, Nigerians holding valid two-year US visa are presumably getting to be affected.
Nigeria is also not reciprocating the fees charged by the American government — despite shorter visa validity.
While the US charges Nigerians $160 for a typical visit visa, Nigeria charges $180, additionally to a $35 “processing fee”.
The section on dual nationality involving seven Muslim-majority countries isn’t expected to affect a big number of Nigerians because a second citizenship of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen isn’t common.
Many Nigerians, including officialdom , hold dual nationality with either the US or Europe.
However, Nigerians who are to Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen in recent times could also be subjected to extra immigration control with possible deportation.