Nigerian government and the United States government is striving on conditions to meet to get the visa ban on Nigeria citizens lifted. Mary Beth Leonard, the current United States Ambassador to Nigeria, revealed this when she paid a courtesy visit to senator Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment in Abuja. She maintained that once Nigeria improves her citizen’s data intelligence, such that it would be easy to investigate any immigrant wishing to visit the United States and meet information-sharing systems, the ban might be reviewed. The United States recently announced that it was extending visa restrictions to more than six countries, including Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. Other countries are Kyrgyzstan, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan and Myanmar.
The Visa ban not for everyone. The ban only affects certain individual immigration status why other as tourists will still be able to visit the US.
Mrs Leonard revealed that the immigration policy does not affect people currently resident in the US. She said: “I think I need to clarify something for you here. The immigrant visa ban does not affect people who are currently resident in the US. It does not cancel the status of anyone currently in the US. “What Secretary 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 while being able to meet those information-sharing goals so that the decision can be reviewed. “Students’ visas are not affected by the current visa ban”.