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US To Nigerians: Visa Does Not Guarantee You Entry, You Must Pass Interview At Point Of Entry

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March 12, 2017 – US To Nigerians: Visa Does Not Guarantee You Entry Into The US, You Must Pass Interview At Point Of Entry

The US Embassy in Abuja earlier this week provided a possible reason for the deportation of a Nigerian believed to be a victim of the ongoing immigration overhaul by the Donald Trump administration.

Mr. Trump recently intensified a crackdown on immigrants from specific countries across the world, majority of them Muslim-majority countries.

But despite the U.S. State Department’s position that the new rules will not affect Nigeria, there have been reported cases of deportation involving Nigerians in recent weeks.

The U.S. Embassy maintained there are no restrictions on Nigerians with valid documents.

“There is no restriction on Nigerians travelling to the United States,” Embassy spokesman, Russell Brooks, told Premium Times by email Wednesday afternoon. “Nigerians with valid visas are welcome to travel to the United States.”

Mr. Russell blamed Mr. Olaniyi’s incident on a long-standing immigration policy that a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States, a practice he said remained popular amongst different countries across the world.

“However, many people are unaware of the fact that a visa does not automatically guarantee you entry into the United States,” Mr. Brooks said. “As is the case in most countries, all travellers are still subject to an interview by an immigration official at the point of entry.”

The official said U.S.-bound travellers must convince immigration officials that they had reasons to enter the country, adding that such officers should be given maximum cooperation.

“At U.S. airports, the immigration inspector representing the Department of Homeland Security is the official who actually authorises entry.

“The inspector must be convinced that the purpose of the travel is legitimate and he or she will have access to information concerning prior travel.

“We certainly encourage all travellers to be clear, consistent, and cooperative during such an interview.”

[Premium Times]



  1. Mon

    March 12, 2017 at 4:19 AM

    Tell them before they start raining curses on themselves thinking they are doing that to President Trump or America.

    It was on this site i read sometime ago that there was a raid on fake America Embassy in Ghana issuing genuine visas, now,if the immigration double their efforts by discovering that those visas are no more valid and act upon that..people will still blame Trump.

  2. Endurance

    March 12, 2017 at 6:21 AM

    Interview at the point of entry into US mainland is not new. What has a lot of question surrounding it is the manner in which Nigerians with valid visa are subjected and treated in US airport. Some of them treated as criminals without no just cause. Such act is hateful,unfriendly and uncalled for. It directly depicts the true colour of Donald Trump administration towards Nigerians. Imprisoning a valid visa holder without registering any criminal record is nothing but oppression and a slap on the human right record of USA.
    No wonder the special adviser to the president on foreign affair Abike Dabiri Erewa advised Nigerians against traveling to US without any compelling reason until Donald Trump’s administration clarify the new US immigration rules.

  3. baby

    March 12, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    Getting visa is not a guarantee, people that have you visa is different from people controlling border, if you deceive embassey in Nigeria to get visa you may not deceive,a trained border agency to get entry,2 obstacle when going abroad,one is getting visa and is to defend the visa at the point of entry.America no be mumu Nigeria without control

  4. Tope Michael

    March 12, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    That’s the end of the Goliath road let Donald Trump continued with madness characters that’s own cup of tea, America nah only place to go in the world, they are crazy I believed Donald Trump will regretted all the bad behavior action that is taking all the time and I believed they will be impeach at last take it or not.

  5. Big Aunty Koks

    March 12, 2017 at 10:19 PM

    Seems unfair to allow somebody spend all that money on tickets, book accommodation and travel all that distance only to be denied entry at destination. Don’t they trust their officers issuing visas in Nigeria? If people are to be refused entry , do it in their home countries so they at least conserve their funds for use in other projects in this recession.

  6. Danti

    March 13, 2017 at 12:49 AM

    If you don’t like Trump policy, please, stay in your country and develop it. We don’t have the right to tell America what to do or how to be treated. Maybe some folks were very young in the eighties when Gen Buhari ordered millions of immigrants back to their countries; Ghana, Egypt and India suffered greatly then.

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