United States President Joe Biden has reversed a number of policies by his predecessor Donald Trump, including an immigration ban against Nigeria, Yemen, Venezuela and other countries.
With the travel restriction, Nigerians were denied the opportunity of applying for US green cards which gives them an official immigration status in the United States.
“The ban that Biden ended, blocked entry to most people from Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and North Korea,” Bloomberg reported.
“It also restricted immigrant visas for people from Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and Eritrea as well as for certain others from Venezuela and Tanzania.”
The reversal of the immigration policies is part of Biden’s campaign promises to chart a new course for the nation.
Former President Trump’s administration in February 2020 placed Nigeria on a travel restriction it said was aimed at cracking down on illegal migration.
Trump also announced he would suspend entry to travellers from seven mostly Muslim nations- Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan. The policy also suspended refugee resettlement.
Biden, however, has signed an executive action ending restrictions on travel and immigration from some predominantly Muslim countries.
The executive directs the State Department to resume visa processing for those countries and develop a plan to address people affected, such as those who were denied entry to the US.