We informed Nigeria of impending visa ban in March 2019 – US

By our reporter| The United States of America government has said it notified all foreign governments, including Nigeria, of a change in its performance metrics for identity-management and information sharing criteria on March 11, 2019.

The proclamation published on the White House website, said Nigeria and the five other affected countries were among the worst-performing in the world.

There are, however, prospects for near-term improvements for the six countries, the proclamation said.

According to the proclamation, “The process began on March 11, 2019, when the United States government formally notified all foreign governments (except for Iran, Syria, and North Korea) about the refined performance metrics for the identity-management and information-sharing criteria.”

“DHS identified the worst-performing countries for further interagency review and for an assessment of the potential impact of visa restrictions.

“In addition, the United States government, led by the department of state, continued or increased engagements with many countries about those countries’ deficiencies.

“A number of foreign governments sent senior officials to Washington, D.C., to discuss those issues, explore potential solutions, and convey views about obstacles to improving performance.

“As a result of this engagement, one country made sufficient improvements in its information-sharing and identity-management practices and was removed from consideration for travel restrictions.”

The proclamation imposes a ban on the issuance of immigrant visas to Nigerian passport holders and five other countries.

The federal government last week established a committee to study and address the issues that lead the imposition of the ban the US on Nigerian passport holders.

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