US President Joe Biden has lifted the immigrant visa ban imposed on Nigeria by Donald Trump, his predecessor.
According to the New York TimesBiden overturned the ban on his first day in office and ordered the State Department to restart visa processing for people from affected countries.
Bloomberg also reported the action which passed by a decree and would require a plan to care for those affected.
Trump imposed the ban on the immigrant visa – issued to those seeking to settle in the United States – on Nigeria and six other countries after expanding its controversial immigration policies.
First enacted as Executive Decree 13768 of January 25, 2017, the ban has been amended several times in the face of numerous legal challenges, with the final version banning the citizens of seven countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea.
In January 2020, the outgoing President of the United States signed a new proclamation that included Nigeria, although not as harsh as those of the seven countries covered by the pre-existing travel ban.
While it still allowed Nigerians to travel to the United States, citizens were, for the most part, not allowed to settle permanently in the United States.
Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, had said travel restrictions had been imposed on Nigeria and six other countries to “address security concerns in the way banned countries track their own citizens,” information with the United States and cooperate on immigration matters “.
But hours after taking office as 46th president, Biden issued an executive order that struck down travel restrictions, saying “Immigrants have helped strengthen United States families, communities, businesses, workforce and economy, infusing the United States with creativity, energy and resourcefulness.”
According to Bloomberg, âThe ban that Biden lifted has blocked the entry of most people from Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and North Korea. It also restricted immigrant visas for people from Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Eritrea as well as some others from Venezuela and Tanzania. “
He said the new executive order sought to examine other “extreme control” practices used by the United States under the Trump administration to improve traveler information sharing with foreign governments.
He did signal, however, that Biden’s “ambitious” immigration policies, which also aim for an eight-year path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, could face hurdles in Congress.