Suspension of issuance immigration visa to Nigerian by US, President Buhari setup committee for implementation


President Muhammad Buhari has setup a committee for proper implementation of United State suspension of immigration visa to Nigerians.

The committee which will be headed by minister of interior were aimed to study US address and updated requirements.

FEMI ADESINA, Special Adviser to President
Muhammad Buhari on Media and Publicity disclose this via press Statement on February 1, 2020.

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According to Adesina Statement titled "United States suspension of the issuance of immigrant visas to Nigerians "

Read: "On 31st January 2020, the United States (U.S) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced temporary travel restrictions on six (6) countries including Nigeria.

For Nigeria, the restriction is the suspension of the issuance of “immigrant visas” to Nigerian passport holders only. This suspension shall come into effect on 21st February 2020. The suspension does not apply to other U.S visas such as those for official, business, tourism and student travel.

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The DHS states the suspension of “immigrant visas” became necessary following a review and update of the methodology (performance metrics) adopted by the U.S Government to assess compliance of certain security criteria by foreign governments. This resulted in certain enhancements on how information is shared between Nigeria and the U.S.

Nigeria remains committed to maintaining productive relations with the United States and its international allies especially on matters of global security.

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Accordingly, President Muhammadu Buhari has established a committee, to be chaired by the Hon. Minister of Interior, to study and address the updated U.S. requirements.

The committee will work with the U.S Government, INTERPOL and other stakeholders to ensure all updates are properly implemented."

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