Visa overstay: US may place travel ban on Nigeria, few other countries

President Donald Trump of the United States may  impose travel restrictions on countries whose citizens overstay short-term visitor visa, as a means of curbing immigration.

The journal highlights Nigeria, Chad, Eritrea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as some of the countries whose immigrants overstay their visas at relatively high rates.

The Trump administration wants “to reduce overstay rates for visas and the visa waiver program — and it’s well known that the administration is working to ensure faithful implementation of immigration welfare rules to protect American taxpayers,” WSJ quoted Hogan Gidley, White House spokesman, as saying.

As part of the new rule, the US,  “would tell the countries’ governments that if rates don’t reverse, then future visas could be shorter or harder to get, according to an administration official who described the move as putting those countries “on notice.”

“Ultimately, nationals from countries with high overstay rates could be barred entirely, though the official said no ban is now under consideration,” the report read.

It was also learnt that the White House is considering a number of other rule changes that will make it more difficult to obtain student and investor visas, as well as visas for spouses of highly skilled H-1B-visa holders.

Recall that the United States embassy in Nigeria had on Monday said its visa officers do not enjoy denying Nigerians visa.

The embassy noted that some questions often misunderstood by applicants which earn them a rejection, while announcing a Facebook Live session to talk about some of the commonly misunderstood questions on Wednesday.

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