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Nigerians Can Now Apply for US Visas, Says State Department

Nigerians Can Now Apply for US Visas, Says State Department

Following President Joe Biden’s reversal of Donald Trump’s immigration ban against Nigeria, Yemen, Venezuela and other countries, Nigerians and other nationals who were denied United States visas can seek new decisions or submit new applications, the State Department has said.

Former US president, Donald Trump placed travel ban on 13 mostly Muslim-majority and African countries, and Biden canceled the ban in January.

US State Department spokesman, Ned Price, said applicants who were refused visas prior to January 20, 2020, must submit new applications and pay a new application fee.

He said those that were denied on or after January 20, 2020, may seek reconsideration without re-submitting their applications and do not have to pay additional fees.

Under Trump, Nigerians were denied the opportunity of applying for US green cards which gives them an official immigration status in the United States.

Biden overturned Trump’s so-called Muslim ban on January 20, his first day in office as part of his campaign promises to chart a new course for the nation, calling it “a stain on our national conscience…”

But Price disclosed that applicants selected in the diversity visa lottery prior to the current fiscal year are barred by U.S. law from being issued visas if they have not gotten them already.

The diversity lottery aims to accept immigrants from countries that are not normally awarded many visas.

Biden’s executive order in January ordered the State Department to resume visa processing for those countries and develop a plan to address people affected, such as those who were denied entry to the US.


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