The United States stated that President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration would not be applicable to Nigerians who want to enter its territory. The two-year multiple entry visas will be issued to applicants as before, it added.
Daily Post quotes Stuart Symington, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, and Meghan Moore, the US embassy Consular Chief, as telling the press in Abuja on 3 February that the US issues two-year multiple entry visas to citizens of Nigeria honouring the reciprocal arrangement it had entered into with. This has not been amended and no plans are there on the anvil to change it for at least a year.
Meanwhile, Nigerians were assured that the new order of America for protecting the country from the threat of entry of foreign terrorists into the US would not have any impact on the validity of visas that Nigerians hold, affirming that visa policy of America to Nigeria remains unchanged.
Saying that the visa policy of the US was based on reciprocity, they said that Nigerians would not be subject to discrimination. Symington said that the world’s largest economy was not biased against individuals because of their religious beliefs or race.
He said that no other country has been more liberal to foreign visitors than the US. America has not said that it would close doors, but it was only saying that it would take a break and carry out checks to ensure that the people of the US are safe, said Symington. He added that they would open the doors again.
Symington concluded by adding that he wanted to reassure by his country’s actions beginning from their reception at the consulate in Abuja and Lagos that they would never discriminate on basis of any individual’s religion. If anyone assumes so, they are mistaken, he added.
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