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Nigerians with valid visa can travel to US – Embassy

The United States Embassy in Abuja said on Wednesday that there was no reason for Nigerians with valid visas to postpone or cancel their travel to America.

The embassy said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

It said, “Nigeria is not named in the Executive Order on Immigration issued on March 6.

“And there is no prohibition against Nigerian lawful permanent residents or persons with a valid visa or other US Government authorisation from entering the US.”

The Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had on Monday advised Nigerians to reconsider their travelling plan to the US.

Dabiri-Erewa urged Nigerians who have no compelling or urgent reason to travel to the US to postpone their travel plans until the new administration’s policy on immigration becomes clearer.

She said her office had in the last few weeks received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas being denied entry and sent back home.

She said no reasons were given for the decision by the US immigration authorities.

However, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama’s reaction on Tuesday while fielding questions from journalists in Abuja, corroborated the embassy’s claim.

Onyeama said no Nigerian with full valid entry visa had been denied entry to the US, adding that Nigerians are free to travel to America as the country was not on the ban list.

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