The Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington, Ambassador Hakeem Balogun, has advanced reasons for the extreme vetting Nigerians face during entry into the US.
Balogun stated that the President Donald Trump’s travel ban did not affect Nigerians, he, however, added that vetting at the airports is a global practice.
“The final authority is the man at the point of entry – immigration officers there. For instance, you can come to the Embassy here, we ask for all the things you need to get the visa.
“How much do you have that we feel will be enough for you to stay in Nigeria for the period you’re going.
“May be as at that time, you were able to show us evidence that you have a thousand dollars which we feel will be enough for you to stay in Nigeria.
“By the time you get to Murtala Muhammed Airport, the man at that end there asked you, all you have to show to him is 100 dollars, definitely, he might turn you back, and that’s normal.
“Then there are other things. What manner of visa did you collect to come to the United States?
“For instance, a pregnant woman who comes to the United States on visiting visa will probably be turned back at the point of entry because she does not have a medical visa.
“You are coming in on a visiting visa and the immigration man sees you pregnant. Naturally, he will turn you back.
“Even if you have the medical visa, they want to know if you have medical insurance; do you have your medical documents for you to be able to come and use their medical facilities here,” the envoy told NAN.