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Nigerians’ visit to US drops by 21% After Donald Trump’s Visa Policies in 2019.

January 3, 2020
Nigerians’ visit to US drops by 21% After Trump’s visa policies in 2019,

Nigerians visit to the United States has drastically reduced following Donald Trump’s administration’s clampdown on immigration.

According to the data from the US travel and tourism office, Nigerians’ visit to the United States as of October 2019 reduced by 34,000, representing 21% drop. This is said to be the largest drop in visits to America, Quartz reports.

The second-largest drop was for visitors from Venezuela (17.7%), followed by visitors from Argentina, Sweden, and Saudi Arabia.

You’ll recall that in April 2019, Trump’s administration introduced a policy that seemingly made visa applications harder for Nigerians.

As part of its measures to combat immigration issues, the US came up with a policy to hit countries, whose citizens overstay short-term tourist and business visas with travel restrictions for countries.

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In its 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security described overstays as those who remain in the U.S. beyond their period of admission and for whom there is no identifiable evidence of a departure, an extension of the period of admission, or transition to another immigration status.

A high proportion of countries expected to be affected by the new measure are African countries including Nigeria, Chad, Eritrea, Liberia, Somalia, and Djibouti, according to DHS’s 2017 report.

A total of 19,676 Nigerians overstayed their visas in the U.S. in 2017, representing 10.61%. Just the previous year in 2016, only a total of 12,043 Nigerians (6.34%) that traveled to the U.S. overstayed their visas.

As of October 2019, 34,000 fewer Nigerians traveled to the United States.

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  1. The decrease in rates could be link to President Trump's strong opposition on immigration in the country. Because of his campaign "Buy America, Hire Americans" that the President implemented a strict immigration law in the US. The restriction in the visa policy have affected the visa application of many foreign nationals and travelers. It'snot surprising that after all the visa restriction that immigration in the country have decrease compared to the previous years.