FG orders implementation of new US visa validity policy
The Federal Government has directed that a new visa reciprocity policy for citizens of the United States of America be fully implemented beginning March 1, 2023.
Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, stated that the directive was issued following approval for the implementation of the two governments' new Bilateral Consular Policy Agreements.
In 2020, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), announced the new Nigeria Visa Policy.
He went on to say that the policy aims to promote tourism as well as cultural exchange and business between the two countries.
According to a statement issued by his media adviser, Sola Fasure, on Friday, the agreements include, among other things, reciprocity of five-year tourist visa validity for American citizens pursuant to Section 30 of the Immigration Act, 2015; and extension of visa validity to three years for diplomats and government officials between Nigerians and Americans.
He went on to say that the Minister of Interior had directed the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, to begin implementing the policy on March 1, 2023.
"As part of the Bilateral Agreement, the United States of America will implement a similar policy for Nigerians wishing to travel on tourist visas to the United States and for our diplomats and officials visiting the country. "As a result, the United States will extend the validity of tourist visas for Nigerian citizens to five years," the statement added.
He declared that movement across national borders would be restricted after the elections.
"Internal movements have been restricted to polling units," the statement continued. There will also be no cross-border movement of people.
"Law enforcement agencies are required to use all means necessary in providing security for lives and property at the polling units, in the streets, and at the borders. Every threat must be contained, and assurances must be given for the safety of people and property, as well as the success of the elections."
The minister also urged all registered voters in Nigeria to cast their ballots on Saturday, February 25, 2023, promising a safe and secure environment before, during, and after the elections.
He urged Nigerians to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons or activities to the nearest security agency or online using the N-Alert app.
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