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Trump’s Travel Ban Extended to Include Nigeria and Five Other Countries

Since January 2017, Trump has been in a battle with the federal courts over attempts to put into effect several controversial travel bans. The latest ban will prevent the issuance of immigrant visas for citizens of Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, Sudan, and Nigeria looking to permanently live in the US.

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What is the Trump travel ban?

The first travel ban was put in place by Trump just 7 days after he took office. It affected people from seven majority-Muslim countries. The ban prevented foreign nationals from these countries from traveling to the U.S. for 90 days, and placed an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees. 

Since then, Trump has continued to make it difficult for foreign nationals looking to immigrate and become permanent residents of the US. In 2019 he imposed new regulations that made it easier for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to reject applications for temporary or permanent residency, especially for those who receive public assistance, such as Medicaid, housing vouchers and food stamps.

Who does the ban affect?

The ban currently affects citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, and North Korea.

With this latest development, the ban has now been extended to include citizens of Burma (Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, Sudan, and Nigeria.

Citizens of Nigeria, the most densely populated country and top tech hub in Africa, are likely to bear the brunt of the impact of the ban, as the number of Nigerians that immigrate to the US is typically higher than the other five nations combined.

Under the ban, the US is effectively suspending the granting of immigration visas that could lead to permanent residence for any foreign nationals from the aforementioned nations. 

Citizens of these countries can still visit the US on a tourist visa, and certain exceptions may be made for students or those with significant ties within the US.

What about Canada?

Canada does not abide by any sort of travel ban and continues to welcome foreign nationals from around the world. The current government is on target to welcome over one million newcomers in the next few years.

According to Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census, there were 42,430 people in Canada that identified as Nigerian. 

In 2018, Canada welcomed more than 11,000 international students from Nigeria.

Canada continues to be a leading destination for hopeful immigrants worldwide, thanks to its diverse population, social and welfare services, and plentiful economic opportunities. 

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