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ThisDay Suspends Staff Over Oyedepo US Visa Report
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ThisDay Suspends Staff Over Oyedepo US Visa Report

THISDAY Newspaper said it has suspended two of its editors over a report about general overseer of Living Faith Church Bishop David Oyedepo which turned out to be false. “The management of THISDAY Newspapers Limited has suspended two of its deputy editors, Mr. Yemi Ajayi and Mr. Olawale Olaleye, over the story: “Drama as US Embassy Denies Bishop Oyedepo Visa,” published last Friday,” ThisDay said in a statement on Tuesday. “The story, which claimed that Bishop Oyedepo was denied visa by the US Embassy, was subsequently refuted by the embassy to be false.” The report published and later deleted on THISDAY website early on Friday claimed the embassy denied the pastor visa renewal. The reports claimed that while the embassy did not give any other reason for the now fictitious ...
The US Has Issued A Visa Ban On Ghana For Failing To Accept Deportees
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The US Has Issued A Visa Ban On Ghana For Failing To Accept Deportees

Applying for a US visa will no longer be a straightforward process for Ghanaian nationals, for now at least. The US department of homeland security (DHS) and department of state has issued visa sanctions on Ghana owing to its “lack of cooperation” in accepting its citizens ordered removed from the US. In a statement, secretary of homeland security Kirstjen Nielsen said Ghana has “denied or unreasonably delayed accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United States.” As a result, the US has initially placed unspecified visa restrictions on certain categories of applicants from Ghana until cooperation on removals improves “to an acceptable level.” However, should Ghana fail to comply with the removal orders, DHS says the scope of the sanctions could be imposed more broadl...
Femi Adeshina US Visa Revoked
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Femi Adeshina US Visa Revoked

A two year multiple entry Visa of Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina has been revoked by US Authority. No explanation or reason was given. When contacted, Mr Adeshina said he was being witch hunted simply because he asked who made America the Police of the world.
Bishop Oyedepo Denied US Visa
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Bishop Oyedepo Denied US Visa

The General Overseer of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo was denied visa by the Lagos office of the United States Embassy on Thursday January 30. Why Bishop Oyedepo was denied a US visa by the embassy wasn't made clear but he was given the standard default explanation of not being qualified for visa renewal and was urged to try again. But ace comedian Bovi who was denied US visa few weeks ago, was lucky with the embassy this time, as he was issued the visa. However his wife, Kris Asimonye Ugboma was not as lucky as she was denied the travelling document. Eyewitnesses alleged that the Pastor and businessman created a scene at the facility as he insisted that he has not violated any rules or committed any crime to have warranted being ...
Nigerians can’t get US visa appointment dates despite payments
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Nigerians can’t get US visa appointment dates despite payments

Nigerians applying for visas to the United States are currently in a fix as they cannot seem to get appointment dates for interviews, The PUNCH understands. This is despite the payment of visa fees and other charges which range from N58,000 to N200,000. The United States Embassy has yet to respond to our enquiries. Depending on the class of visa, the cost ranges between $160, $190 and $265; while the exchange rate published on the US Embassy website is N370 to the dollar, which is higher than the Central Bank of Nigeria’s rate of N306/$1, and the black market rate of N363/$1. Student visa applicants are also made to pay a separate $350 “service fee.” A visit to the website of the US embassy by The PUNCH on Tuesday revealed that applicants who wish to apply for...
Visa Denials For Nigerians Increased In 2018​ – US Data Reveal
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Visa Denials For Nigerians Increased In 2018​ – US Data Reveal

For the last fiscal year 2018, a total of 143,783 non-immigrant US visas were issued to Nigerians. In the 2017 fiscal year, the figure was 168,980. In 2016, a total of 179, 145 Nigerians were granted different categories of non-immigrant visas to the US. When compared to the figures released for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years, the data reveal visa denials for Nigerians surged in 2018. Data for 2019 has not been published but there have been lamentations from many Nigerians about high rejection rate since the beginning of the year. With a 57.47% adjusted refusal rate, Nigeria was also listed among top countries like Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Burundi, Burkina Faso etc., with high refusal rate for B-visas. B visas are issued for short-term business or pleasure travel to the Unit...
You Will Now Submit Your Social Media Handles When Applying For US Visa
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You Will Now Submit Your Social Media Handles When Applying For US Visa

Nearly all applicants for US visas will have to submit their social media details under newly adopted rules. The State Department regulations say people will have to submit social media names and five years' worth of email addresses and phone numbers. When proposed last year, authorities estimated the proposal would affect 14.7 million people annually. Certain diplomatic and official visa applicants will be exempt from the stringent new measures. However, people travelling to the US to work or to study will have to hand over their information. . "We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect US citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States," the department reportedly said. The Trump administration first propos...
Trump Wants To Make US Visas Harder For Nigerians
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Trump Wants To Make US Visas Harder For Nigerians

President Donald Trump's administration is considering new measures to crack down on countries whose citizens have a high rate of overstaying their visas in the United States. Countries whose citizens overstay short-term tourist and business visas are at risk of getting hit with travel restrictions as part of new immigration measures being considered by the administration, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. 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 period of admission, or transition to another immigration status. A high proportion of countries expected to be affe...
We’re Not Happy Denying Nigerians Visa —US Embassy
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We’re Not Happy Denying Nigerians Visa —US Embassy

The United States Embassy in Nigeria says contrary to popular beliefs, its visa officers are not always happy denying the visa applications of Nigerians. The embassy subsequently asked Nigerians to tune into a live Facebook talk at 2 pm on Wednesday. A Facebook post read in part, “Contrary to popular opinion, visa officers do not enjoy handing anyone the 214b refusal letter. “Proof: Visa Officers will be live on Facebook to talk about some of the commonly misunderstood questions on the DS 160 and help you improve your next application.” However, over 200 Nigerians disagreed in the comment section of the embassy’s Facebook page. Adaobi Emmanuella Njoku wrote, “Contrary to what you just posted, I think and believe they actually do enjoy it because they act like they know i...
Atiku’s US Visa Ban Still In Place, Given A Waiver For January Visit – Bloomberg
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Atiku’s US Visa Ban Still In Place, Given A Waiver For January Visit – Bloomberg

Until last month, Nigerian presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar had a problem. He was persona non grata in the U.S. after cropping up in connection with several corruption investigations. Then the cloud lifted. Years after he’d last been seen in the U.S., Abubakar surfaced in Washington in January. He held court at the Trump International Hotel. He met with members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Congress. Those meetings were trumpeted to his followers back home on Facebook and Twitter. The public tour has helped silence opponents who said Abubakar couldn’t effectively lead one of Africa’s biggest economies if he wasn’t even welcome in the U.S. Abubakar had been blocked from entering the U.S. under a State Department edict applying to officials linked to foreign corruption, two ...
Jay-Z hires An Attorney To Help 21 Savage
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Jay-Z hires An Attorney To Help 21 Savage

Jay-Z has hired an attorney to help 21 Savage, so he does not get deported to the UK, as he also slammed the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 21 Savage is currently detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), after they discovered he is a British citizen living in the US illegally. According to TMZ, Jay-Z said the arrest and detention of the rapper is “an absolute travesty” and points out that his US Visa application has been pending for years. He said; “In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately.” It was also confirmed that Jay-Z’s company, Roc Nation has responded to what it calls a “matter of injustice” by hiring attorney Alex Spiro to assist with his case. Spiro told TMZ; “We a...
Atiku Abubakar Applies For US Visa
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Atiku Abubakar Applies For US Visa

Online media has gathered that Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, has applied for a visa to enable him to visit the United States. This was learnt yesterday. It was gathered that the former Vice-President appeared for an interview at the US Embassy on Tuesday in Abuja. It was further gathered that Atiku would use the trip to make what was described as “political statement” ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
Obasanjo Moves To Acquire US Visa For Atiku – APC
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Obasanjo Moves To Acquire US Visa For Atiku – APC

The All Progressive Congress (APC) has alleged that former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has initiated moves to secure a United States’ visa for Atiku Abubakar. Mr Abubakar, a former vice president and a presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 presidential election, was endorsed by Mr Obasanjo on Thursday. The APC in a statement signed by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said the party got the information from its intelligence unit. Mr Nabena said the former president was lobbying US authorities to withdraw the country’s entry ban placed on Abubakar who is widely known as Atiku. “We have come across reports that former President Olusegun Obasanjo has made moves to secure United States entry visa for the presidential c...
I Saw My Death Certificate In My Husband’s Car – Nigerian Woman Cries Out After Shocking Revelation
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I Saw My Death Certificate In My Husband’s Car – Nigerian Woman Cries Out After Shocking Revelation

A Nigerian woman is terribly devasted after she discovered her own death certificate in her husband’s car. One can only imagine the total shock this woman would have experienced after she discovered her husband and father of her children’s mischievous act – her unfaithful husband actually forged her death certificate so he could have his way in traveling out of the country with his mistress. The lady wrote to Nigerian OAP, Toke Makinwa, who shared it online. Read the woman’s story below… “I am in very sad mood, I feel used and rejected, I feel so terrible, I am married with four kids and I always felt I am married to the best man in the world. I am registered Nurse in a Government hospital here I Lagos, while he is a dentist. Our plan has always been that when our first child...
Trump: Nigerians Live In Huts, Haitians ‘All Have AIDS’
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Trump: Nigerians Live In Huts, Haitians ‘All Have AIDS’

How much regard does President Donald Trump of the United States of America (USA) have for Nigerians? Not much, going by a special report yesterday by the authoritative New York Times on the style of the American leader. The newspaper, in the report on Trump’s harsh immigration policy, described how he denigrated Nigerians at a meeting with his officials at a meeting in June. The meeting had been called to discuss the immigration policy which he had introduced to stop travellers from several Muslim countries from entering the United States in a dramatic demonstration of how he would deliver on his campaign promise to fortify the nation’s borders. The policy was later voided by the court. Trump was said to have hit the roof   after he was handed a list of foreigners who had b...
How Turks Are Being Affected By US Suspension Of Visas
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How Turks Are Being Affected By US Suspension Of Visas

Hundreds of Turkish citizens, including students, have been affected by the visa dispute between Washington and Ankara after the former suspended visa services in Turkey. Visa appointments of the Turks trying to go to the US were cancelled following Sunday's embassy announcement that revealed that all non-immigrant visa services in Turkey were halted amid concerns over "the security of US mission and personnel". Ankara retaliated reciprocally, freezing e-visas and visas on arrival for US citizens merely hours later in the same day. The US move was a reaction to Turkey's detention of a Turkish citizen working for the US consulate in Istanbul last week. Authorities blame Metin Topuz for having links to the organisation of Fethullah Gulen, an exiled religious leader and businessma...
Afghan Girls Robotics Team Given US Visa After Outrage
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Afghan Girls Robotics Team Given US Visa After Outrage

US officials have decided to allow a group of Afghan girls - whose visa applications had been twice rejected - to travel to the country and participate in an international robotics competition, ending a saga that had sparked international backlash. Homeland Security Department spokesman David Lapan said the US Citizenship and Immigration Services approved a State Department request for six girls from the war-torn country to be allowed in, along with their chaperone, so they can participate in the competition. The non-profit organising the competition celebrated the reversal in a statement on Wednesday. "I truly believe our greatest power is the power to convene nations, to bring people together in the pursuit of a common goal and prove that our similarities greatly outweigh our di...

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