Ogbeta.ng: US visa ban on Nigerians not permanent - U.S Ambassador

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

US visa ban on Nigerians not permanent - U.S Ambassador

The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Mary Beth Leonard, has said the recent ban on the granting of fresh residency visa to Nigerians is not permanent but subject to review if certain conditions are met.

She said the ban was based on the United States’ concerns for information sharing between Washington and Abuja and not about character definition of Nigeria as being erroneously peddled.

Speaking yesterday during a courtesy visit to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, in Abuja, Leonard said the US would like to see Nigeria work harder towards diversifying its economy and exploiting the huge entrepreneurial manpower abound in the country.

On the visa restriction, the ambassador said: “I need to clarify something for you here. The immigrant visa ban does not affect people who are currently resident in the United States. It does not cancel the status of anyone who is currently in the United States.

What the Secretary of State, Mike Pompey, said was something that was meant to be temporary. And it is about problems with information sharing, which are investigable, achievable and resolvable and we look forward to Nigeria in a very short time being able to meet those information sharing goal so that the decision can be reviewed”.

Leonard said students visas were not affected by the current visa ban. According to her. Nigeria should look inwards to exploit the huge entrepreneurial manpower and diversify its economy.

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