By Concise News Correspondents
Nigeria has nothing to worry about with regard to US President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, as the US has said it will continue to issue two-year multiple entry visas to Nigerians.
The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, and the US Embassy Consular Chief, Meghan Moore, told newsmen on Friday in Abuja that the US visa policy was based on reciprocity.
The envoy stated that the way US treats Nigeria is reflected in its visa policy to Nigerians.
Symington also dismissed insinuations that Nigerian Muslims might be singled out for visa restriction over their religious belief.
He said America does not discriminate against people on the basis of their belief or race.
“No place has opened doors to people more than the US. We haven’t said we have closed the doors and locked it, what we said is that we are going to take a pause and conduct checks and ensure the safety of the people in the United States.
”The door would be opened again. “I want to reassure by our actions starting from our consulate reception in Abuja and in Lagos that we would not discriminate on the basis of religion. If anyone didn’t get a US visa because they said their name was Paul or something, then they would be wrong.”
He further said Nigerians whose visas had expired would not need to wait till 48 months for renewal.
According to him, those concerned could now renew their visa within 24 months, stressing that the US as a nation of immigrants desires to bring people together.
Moore, on his part, said the US issued visas to Nigerians on the basis of reciprocity, stressing that US visa policy to Nigeria would not change.
The diplomat explained that the new rule requires a holder of US tourist visa to pay the fee and schedule an appointment for interview using the DHL Dropbox.
“Generally speaking, we issue two-year multiple entry visas to Nigerians based on reciprocity from Nigeria and this has not changed; there is no plan to change it to one year,” Moore explained.