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
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.