America mission has begun contacting all immigrant visa candidates whose functions have been affected by the journey restrictions beneath Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 signed by former President Donald Trump in 2020.
Additionally it is prioritising the processing of such pending circumstances in Nigeria.
Trump had suspended entry into america for sure nationals, together with Nigeria, based mostly on visa sort.
Nevertheless, this newest improvement adopted the Presidential Proclamation signed by President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021, titled, ‘Ending discriminatory bans on entry to america.’
The US mission, in a press release yesterday, mentioned its Consulate-Normal in Lagos had already contacted all immigrant visa candidates whose functions have been affected and was prioritising the processing of such pending circumstances.
The mission described as inaccurate, a media report that “Nigerians denied visas on or after January 20, 2020, can re-apply without cost.”
It mentioned the proclamation announcement utilized solely to sure immigrant visa circumstances and didn’t apply to vacationer, enterprise, scholar or different non-immigrant visas.
The assertion mentioned: “On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a presidential proclamation titled, ‘Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to america.’
“This ended the journey restrictions beneath Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into america of sure nationals, based mostly on visa sort, from numerous international locations to incorporate Nigeria.
“In Nigeria, this proclamation banned entry for sure immigrant visa classes. The US Consulate-Normal in Lagos has already contacted all immigrant visa candidates whose functions have been affected and is prioritising the processing of those pending circumstances.”
In accordance with the mission, the consular sections in Abuja and Lagos are progressively restoring routine visa operations in accordance with COVID-19 security mitigation protocols.
It said that the validity of non-immigrant visa funds (MRV price) has been prolonged until September 30, 2022.
The extension, it mentioned, was to permit all candidates who have been unable to schedule a visa appointment because of the suspension of routine consular operations a chance to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid price. “Non-immigrant visa candidates who have been beforehand refused and want to apply once more might want to submit a brand new visa utility (DS-160) and pay a brand new visa utility processing price,” the mission said.