Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said on Monday that the federal government has committed the US government to make visa issuance for real Nigerian tourists in the United States less difficult.
Onyeama said it on Tuesday in Abuja while answering journalists’ questions about the negative impact of the visa suspension on Nigerians traveling to the United States. UU.
The minister expressed concern that one of the consequences of the excess visa was the recent suspension of “Dropbox” for visa renewal for Nigerians.
The minister said that most of the unfavorable decisions of migrants taken by some countries were caused by the negative perception of some Nigerians who do not respect the rules of those countries.
“The issue of migration is a challenge and such a sensitive topic because the U.S. has just suspended the `Dropbox for visas renewals.
“And a lot of it is that they released statistics to show that 10 per cent of people who overstayed their visas globally are Nigerians.
“Those who do not obey the rule of other countries’ have more negative impact on those who obeyed,” the minister said.
He said that there had been those who were denied visas not because they were not qualified but because of perception created by those who disobeyed the rules.
“The issue of those who overstayed their visas is a real issue. We have engaged with the U.S government over it.
“We are just trying to work through them and they are looking at various alternative and solutions and to make less difficult for the genuine visitors and the like.
“Things like you have to have guarantor or surety and the like, all those things are what they are trying to apply to really address this issue,” NAN quoted him as saying.
Onyeama added that the ministry was doing what it could to ensure that the issue of the recent suspension of dropbox for visas renewal do not affect genuine visitors to the U.S.
“We are doing what we can; they (U.S. Embassy) told me that notwithstanding the suspension of drop box mechanism that there would be expedited interview for certain people.
“And that there would be that flexibility to request for interview that might make it easier for those seeking visa,” he said.