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Donald Trump Order: The Ban on 2-Year Entry Visa For Nigerians - Kelechi Alexander Ekeh  - Published Feb 2nd, 2017

The news of the ban on a 2-Year American Entry Visa by the new Administration of the United States of America, headed by Donald Trump, is something that most Nigerians wouldn’t love to accept. Just barely 30days after the inauguration of Mr. Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, he has put so many questions and has raised some doubts in the minds of so many individuals including the Citizens of America and that of Nigeria.

As the case may be, these may likely affect Nigerians who hold a dual nationality and also, if their other passport is from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen – The seven Muslim-majority countries “of concern”. There have been so many attention placed on the temporary ban of visas for citizens of the seven Muslim-majority countries, as these too has impacted on most Nigerians far more than what we previously thought.

Nigeria currently only issues a one-year multiple-entry visa to America, which is a nonreciprocation of the two-year visa the country issues to Nigerians. Base on Section 9 of the Executive Order which states that: “The Secretary of State shall review all nonimmigrant 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 nonimmigrant 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…” By this, if the Federal Government of Nigeria doesn’t act quickly, to extend the validity of Nigerian visa to America, Nigerians too may likely be issued with one-year visas. Given that Trump order takes effect, Nigerians with 2-year US visas are likely to be affected. Perhaps, Nigeria is also not reciprocating the fees charged by the American government — despite shorter visa validity agreement.

The US currently charges Nigerians $160 for a typical visit visa; Nigeria charges $180, in addition to a $35 “processing fee”. The issue on dual nationality involving the seven Muslim-majority countries is not expected to affect a significant number of Nigerians because of a second citizenship of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen is not common. Many Nigerians, including government officials, do hold a dual nationality with either the US or Europe.

However, Nigerians who have been to Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen in recent times are most likely to be subjected to stiff immigration control measures with the possibility of being deported.



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