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Academics Denounce Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

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Saul Franklin | 31 January, 2017, 06:11

Following the implementation of President Donald Trump's immigration policy, the United States is expected to stop issuing 2-year visas to Nigerians.

More than 6,000 academics from numerous most prestigious universities across the United States, including many Nobel Laureates, Fields Medalists, Members of the National Academy of Sciences, and winners of John Bates Clark Medal have signed an open letter opposing President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order for a 90-day suspension of visas and other immigration benefits to all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.

This would also affect Nigerians who own dual nationality if their other passport is from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen - the seven Muslim-majority countries "of concern".

Despite the Executive Order's focus on them, a vanishingly small number of terror attacks on USA soil have been committed by foreign nationals who recently entered the United States on an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa.

Put another way, Rex Tillerson, America's incoming secretary of State under the Trump administration will be tasked with ensuring countries get the same treatment, or "deal" as Trump would might say, meted out to Americans seeking visas.

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Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and a longtime U.S. ally, is one of those that may be caught in diplomatic cross-hairs of Trump's "America First" visa policies. As the executive order takes effect, Nigerians with a valid two-year U.S. visa may also be affected.

Although Nigeria also issues two-year visas to Americans, the continued issuance of one-year visas falls short of the U.S. policy of issuing a minimum of two-year visas to Nigerians.

However, Nigeria charges higher fee compared to charges by the American government despite shorter visa validity. While the United States charges Nigerian visa applicants $160 in fees, Nigeria charges American visa applicants $215 in total, inclusive of a $35 "processing charge".

Given that the Trump order takes immediate effect, Nigerians holding valid two-year U.S. visa are most likely going to be affected, the report says. After 120 days the refugee admissions program will only resume for nationals of countries approved by these USA government leaders.

The dual-citizenship ban doesn't apply to USA citizens who are also citizens of the seven nations singled out by Mr. Trump.

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