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US set to review immigrant visa ban on Nigerians


The United States government has said it will review the immigrant visa ban placed on Nigerians.

United States had in January imposed an immigrant visa ban on Nigeria as a result of the country’s failure to comply with its established identity-management and information-sharing criteria.

Speaking with reporters at the end of the inaugural meeting of the US/Nigeria forum in Abuja on Wednesday, , permanent secretary, ministry of foreign affairs, Mustapha Sulaiman said the ban will be reviewed.

He said , “We have accomplished so much within a very difficult year, but essentially we want to acknowledge the recognition, and put on record Nigeria’s response to the concerns by the United States government in respect of the immigrant visa restriction that was imposed on Nigerians.

“I want to say that we appreciate the acknowledgement and the commendations from the United States government in respect of this response.

“From the assessment of the recipient of our response, I think we have accomplished almost 90 percent of the requirements that have been set in that regard.

“And I am sure that if you follow the information that has been passed on the level of compliance, for instance, sharing of information, we have done so much in that regard.

“That is why I believe the US government is having the comfort to even reevaluate. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have been candidates for reevaluation. If we have to rate ourselves, from what has been done so far, we should be about 90 percent compliant.

“The consular forum was agreed on earlier in the year during the Bi- National Commission of the United States and Nigeria which was held in Washington and that agreement is what is coming to push now.

“We have just had the maiden consular forum meeting today and I want to put it on record that it has been a very successful meeting with various issues that were discussed.”

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