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BREAKING: Stop denying visa to Nigerians - National Assembly writes Mr Stuart, US ambassador


BREAKING: Stop denying visa to Nigerians - National Assembly writes Mr Stuart, US ambassador





The National Assembly has summoned the United States
Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Symington, over the alleged high rate
of visa denial of Nigerians.




The invitation was said to be at the instance of an activist, Kayode Bello, who petitioned the House over the matter.




Our correspondent has carried investigation into how many Nigerian
students seeking to study in US schools were denied visas despite
spending a lot of money on different fees.




Some of the fees, our correspondent learnt, were application fees,
evaluation fees, courier fees, service fees, visa fees, school fees.



Speaking with one of the applicant who only identify himself as Kunle says, he has spend close to over a million seeking to study in the US after providing every documents required they still  refuse him visa, according to him they treat Nigerians like criminals and the worst is that, they don't return our money to us




The fees were said to be non-refundable.




While some of the students claimed that they were denied visas
because they were not married, others said they were denied because only
one of their parents was their sponsor.




A parent claimed that his daughter’s interview was cut short because she asked the interviewer to speak up.




Our correspondent was further told that the embassy usually issued
preprinted blue papers to those it rejected without giving a specific
reason for the decision.



A former ambassador to the US, John Campbell had, however, told our
correspondent that visas were given by consular officers on a case by
case basis, adding that the refusal of many people to return home after
finishing their programmes made the process difficult.




The activist, Bello, petitioned the National Assembly through a
member representing the Ede and Ejigbo Federal Constituency, Prof.
Mojeed Alabi, after suffering a similar fate of denial.




The summon, titled, ‘Indiscriminate denial of United States of
America visa and illegal increment of exchange rate of visa fee by the
American embassy’ was signed by the House Committee Chairman on Public
Petitions, Uzo Azubuike.




The two-page document, dated November 27, 2018, and a copy of which
was received by our correspondent, said the hearing would hold on
Tuesday, December 4 at 2pm at the House of Representatives Room 429.




The House asked the ambassador to present 20 copies of his defence.




The Clerk of the House, Mr Omale Adoyi, confirmed the development to our correspondent on Monday.




He, however, said the US embassy rejected the summon.




“But we will go on with the hearing and may have to adjourn if they fail to show up,” he added.






See copy of the letter below:




BREAKING: Stop denying visa to Nigerians - National Assembly summons Mr Stuart, US ambassador


BREAKING: Stop denying visa to Nigerians - National Assembly summons Mr Stuart, US ambassador


BREAKING: Stop denying visa to Nigerians - National Assembly summons Mr Stuart, US ambassador







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