Donald Trump's Immigration Clamp Down Targets African Countries, Nigeria Included

US president, Donald Trump who pushed for new ways to curb immigration issues, has moved to clamp down on Nigeria and other African countries whose citizens overstay short-term visitor visas.

Acording to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the Trump administration is considering a new immigration measure to impose visa restrictions on countries whose citizens have a track record of overstaying beyond the validity of their short-term US visas, and this plan targets African countries.

The countries targeted include  Nigeria, Chad, Eritrea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The new rules will notify the affected countries’ governments that if rates don’t reverse, then future visas could be shorter or harder to get.  Also erring citizens from countries with high overstay rates, could be barred entirely.

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.

The new rule also pushes to tighten student and investor visas, and also prevent immigrants from coming or becoming citizens if they are likely to use publicly funded benefits. Recall that on Monday, the United States embassy in Nigeria had said its visa officers do not enjoy denying Nigerians visa. It explained 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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