The United States of America President Trump’s immigration ban took up much of the weekend news around the world after he signed travel ban on seven countries from the Middle East and Africa. The ban prevents immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for the next 90 days except those with special visas.
Two categories of Nigerians were immediately worried by this executive order. The first were those who have visited any of the seven listed countries recently, and the second were those who have dual citizenship in any of these countries.
What Led to the Trump’s Travel Ban?
According to President Donald Trump, the ban was enforced to improve national security and prevent terrorists from entering into America. He further clarified the order was not a Muslim ban since other 40 Muslim countries were not listed among the banned countries.
However, the blanket nature of the policy which was misinterpreted to include any member of the Muslim faith seeking to cross the United State of America border provoked a flurry of questions on who is exactly affected by this executive order.
Who Is Affected by the Travel Ban?
The order banned citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries which are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Every citizen and anyone travelling from one of the 7 countries faces 90-days visa suspension. However, some visa categories such as diplomats and the UN, are not included in the suspension. This new immigration policy has brought in a suspension of the US Refugee Admission programme for 120 days with an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.
Questions by Nigerian Travellers
Question 1: What about Nigerians that has dual citizenship with one of these banned Muslim countries would the immigration policy affect them?
The immigration policy might affect Nigerians that have dual citizenship with any of the seven listed countries. According to the www.ustraveldocs.com
If you are a national, or dual national, of one of these countries, please do not schedule a visa appointment or pay any visa fees at this time. If you already have an appointment scheduled, please DO NOT ATTEND your appointment as we will not be able to proceed with your visa interview.
Therefore, if you fall into this category, it is best advised to withhold any travel plans to the United States of America.
Question 2: Does the travel ban affect individuals that have recently or once visited the banned countries?
The travel ban is only placed on the national and dual national from the 7 countries- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. However, if you are also travelling from one of the 7 countries you might be restricted from entry United States of America.
Question 3: What about citizens of the banned countries who retain dual-citizenship?
The travel ban automatically affects citizens of the banned countries irrespective of the country he/she hails from. However, due to the bilateral relationship with the UK government, dual citizens from Britain might be exempted from the ban and also Australian.
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Latest Update on Arrival at America Airport.
Due to the executive order, America Airports are in a state of chaos. Therefore, if you are planning to visit America soon, be bound to experience delay at the airport with the citizens protesting against the travel ban. Also, the Immigration officer might spend more time scrutinizing the traveller’s document than before, so it is important to take extra precautions to ensure that you have all of the proper documentation.
How Have the Airlines Reacted to Trump’s Travel Ban?
President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order set off mass confusion for airlines around the world. Although, American Airlines, Delta and United have begun offering fee waivers, including rebooking and refund options. Qatar Airways had to change some of its crew in order to adjust to the policy.
In conclusion, since the Trump’s Travel ban affects a good number of people within and outside America, travellers are strongly advise to look into travelling to other places in the world. Few countries are already welcoming visitors with open arms, with no restriction based on their nationalities.