The New President of the United States, Joe Biden, has signed an executive order revoking the immigrant visa ban placed on Nigerians by Donald Trump, his predecessor.
The ban was placed last February, citing Nigeria’s lack of a robust database.
Then Chad Wolf, who was the acting secretary of the homeland security department, had said the travel restrictions were to “address security concerns in the way the banned countries track their own citizens, share information with the U.S. and cooperate on immigration matters”.
Mary-beth Leonard who is the American Ambassador to Nigeria, also said that Nigeria must improve on its data intelligence to ease the investigation of it’s citizens who are wishing to migrate to the U.S, if it wants the ban lifted.
But hours after President Biden assumed office, he issued an executive order that reversed the ban.
The U.S president said “immigrants have helped strengthen America’s families, communities, workforce, economy, businesses, infusing the United States with creativity , ingenuity and energy.”
Biden’s action directs the state department to resume processing of visa for those countries and develop a plan to address the people affected such as those who were denied entry to the U.S.