Government of the United States of America has given conditions that could warrant the review of the visa ban placed on Nigeria and five other countries.
A ban was placed on Nigeria and five countries by the US restricting them from migrating to the US.
However, the US government has disclosed that this ban could be reviewed.
This was made known by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.
Mary paid a courtesy visit to the minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, at the ministry’s headquarters, Abuja.
But people from those countries will still be able to visit the US as tourists; not as immigrants.
Mrs Leonard also stated that the immigration policy does not affect people currently residing in the United States.
Speaking about what Nigeria has to do to put the ban in review, Mrs Leonard said the information-sharing system has to improve.
She said the US government is interested in seeing Nigeria improve her data intelligence.
This improvement will make data sharing easy such that it would be easy to investigate any immigrant wishing to visit the US.
“I think I need to clarify something for you here. The immigrant visa ban does not affect people who are currently resident in the US. It does not cancel the status of anyone currently in the US.
“What Secretary Pompey said was something that was meant to be temporary. And it is about problems with information sharing which are investigable, achievable and resolvable and we look forward to Nigeria in a very short while being able to meet those information-sharing goals so that the decision can be reviewed. ‘Students’ visas are not affected by the current visa ban”
In addition to that, she stated that Students’ visas are not affected by the current visa ban.
Once this has been achieved, the decision can then be reviewed.