The United States acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, have disclosed that the new immigration restrictions to certain countries including Nigeria were designed to “address security concerns in the way the banned countries track their own citizens, share information with the U.S. and cooperate on immigration matters”.
It said citizens from the affected countries would not be allowed to apply for visas to immigrate to the US under the policy the Trump administration said was designed to “tighten security for countries that don’t comply with the US minimum security standards or cooperate to prevent illegal immigration”.
It, however, said the new restriction would apply only to new visa applications as immigrants who were issued valid visas before that date will still be able to move to the US.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the restriction will take effect from February 21.
The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, had imposed an immigration visa ban on Nigeria and countries like Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan.