Trumps’ Executive Order now threatens Nigerian 2-yr U.S visa holders

Posted: February 1, 2017 in general
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VICTOR NZE

The Executive Order signed into law by newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump, which effectively establishes extreme vetting of people coming to the United States now threatens to hit hard on Nigerians holding two-year American visas.

This is so because while the United States issues two-year visas to Nigerian travellers, the country only has a one year visa provision to Americans with costs rising above the U.S charges for the same travel document to Nigerians.

Specific provisions in the Executive Order signed into law by Trump apart from barring national of seven Middle East and Gulf states including Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, also means that Nigerians dual passport holders from any of these countries are affected.

However, the most threatening portions of the Executive Order appears to be the ‘non-immigrant visa reciprocity agreements’ where Nigeria and the United States differ on duration and fees for visa charged nationals of both countries.

Section 9 of the Executive Order states: “The Secretary of State shall review all non-immigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with respect to validity period and fees, as required by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment. If a country does not treat United States nationals seeking non-immigrant visas in a reciprocal manner, the Secretary of State shall adjust the visa validity period, fee schedule, or other treatment to match the treatment of United States nationals by the foreign country, to the extent practicable…”

Going by this provision, if the Nigerian Government does not take a proactive visa policy review by increasing the validity of visas to US citizens to Nigeria, Nigerians will no longer be issued with US visas with two-year validity.

Given that the Trump order takes immediate effect, Nigerians holding valid two-year US visa are most likely going to be affected, the report says.

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, in addition to a $35 “processing fee”.

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