US prioritises immigrant visa applicants refused under Presidential Proclamation 9983

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Following President Biden signing of a Presidential Proclamation titled: Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United State ended travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from various countries to including Nigeria.

A press statement by the United States Mission in Nigeria, Tuesday, said: “In Nigeria, this proclamation banned entry for certain immigrant visa categories. The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos has already contacted all immigrant visa applicants whose applications were affected and is prioritising the processing of these pending cases.

It said recent media reports claiming “Nigerians denied visas on or after January 20, 2020, can re-apply for free” are inaccurate.

“The Proclamation announcement applies only to certain immigrant visa cases, and does not apply to tourist, business, student, or other non immigrant visas.

“Our Consular Sections in Abuja and Lagos are gradually restoring routine visa operations in accordance with COVID-19 safety mitigation protocols. The validity of non immigrant visa payments (known as the MRV fee) has been extended until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee.

“Non immigrant visa applicants who were previously refused and would like to apply again will need to submit a new visa application (DS-160) and pay a new visa application processing fee,” it further stated.

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