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US debunks rumors of offering new work visa to Nigerians aged 40-55

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United States authorities Thursday debunked rumours that it is offering a new type of work visa to Nigerians between the ages of 40 and 55 years.

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The disclaimer was in response to a supposed press release by United States Embassy announcing the work permit for Nigerians.

But the US Mission in Nigeria said the purported press release circulating is “fake” and is being circulated by “scammers and fraudsters.”

“It’s the same old scam, but in fresh packaging – don’t become a victim,” the mission tweeted.

The mission further urged Nigerians seeking visa information should refer only to official sources.

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Until January 2021, Nigerians and some other countries such as Yemen, Venezuela was on an immigration ban. But days after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the ban was reversed.

With the travel restriction, Nigerians were denied the opportunity of applying for US green cards which gives them an official immigration status in the United States.

“The ban that Biden ended, blocked entry to most people from Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and North Korea,” Bloomberg reported.

“It also restricted immigrant visas for people from Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and Eritrea as well as for certain others from Venezuela and Tanzania.”

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The reversal of the immigration policies is part of Biden’s campaign promises to chart a new course for the nation.

Former President Trump’s administration in February 2020 placed Nigeria on a travel restriction it said was aimed at cracking down on illegal migration.

Trump also announced he would suspend entry to travelers from seven mostly Muslim nations- Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan. The policy also suspended refugee resettlement.

Biden, however, has signed an executive action ending restrictions on travel and immigration from some predominantly Muslim countries.

The executive directs the State Department to resume visa processing for those countries and develop a plan to address people affected, such as those who were denied entry to the US.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Nigerians and other nationals who were refused visas prior to January 20, 2020, can now submit new applications and pay a new application fee.


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