The United States has reassured Nigerians that the new Visa regime signed by President Donald Trump will not affect them and that they (Nigerians) will not be discriminated by their religion. Nigerians will continue to get two-year multiple entry visas as before according to the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington.
The ambassador was addressing rumours circulating in Nigeria that the US will reduce the visa policy for Nigeria to one year. Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Trump’s executive orders and its effects on Nigeria, the ambassador said that ‘the new order now is for the U.S. government to cross-check as many that are coming into the U.S. before issuing visas.’
“We will not discriminate on the basis of religion in issuing visas to Nigerians. The two-year visa is still valid contrary to reports we have heard in the media…. Nigeria’s leadership role is crucial in the world and Nigeria cannot be blacklisted. The importance of Nigeria in the world is legal,” said Ambassador
He further noted that Nigerians Muslim community will not be discriminated against by the order which saw the ban of seven countries from traveling to the USA. The countries majorly Muslim nations include; Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Iran and Iraq.
According to the Ambassador, the new system would ensure that people, who genuinely wanted to visit, live or work in the U.S., could do so and stop any that posed a threat from entering into the country.
“It is important to note that there is not going to be any changes for Nigerians who have a valid U.S. visa. The U.S. Government issues multiple-entry two-year visa to Nigerians. The rumour that we are planning to change that to one year is not true.” Said the ambassador