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U.S Set to Expand Travel Restrictions to Nigeria, Sudan, Others – Target ‘Birth Tourism’

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The Trump administration is set to add Nigeria and six other countries to a group of nations subject to travel restrictions, Per Second News gathered in Washington on Tuesday night.

 

The new restrictions would apply to travelers and immigrants from Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Belarus and Eritrea.

 

Citizens from the seven countries could have restrictions placed on specific types of visas, such as business and visitors visa.

 

Per Second News gathered that the Trump administration plans to roll out its expanded travel restrictions next week.

 

Officials in Washington said the policy is necessary to prevent potential acts of terrorism, as countries on the list don’t adequately vet their travelers to the United States.

 

The US government is also targeting pregnant women visiting from these countries in the new rule due to be announced next week Monday.

 

According to officials and immigration data ‘Birth Tourists often come to the U.S from China, Russia and Nigeria. The new rule would alter the requirements for B visas and tourist visas B1, B2.

 

According to Jeffrey Gorsky, former chief legal adviser in the State Department ‘Very few people who gave birth in the US got a visa for that purpose. Most people already have visas and come in later.

 

The plans to address the use of tourist visas for birth tourism were included in the latest version of the United Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

Recent data from the US travel and tourism office shows Nigeria recorded the largest global- drop-off in visitors to the U.S.

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