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JAPA: Fresh US Immigration Rules Offer Hope for Nigerians

Fresh US Immigration Rules Offer Hope for Nigerians

In a significant shift in immigration policy, the Biden administration has announced new rules aimed at streamlining the process for Nigerian families seeking visas to the United States. The move is expected to benefit thousands of Nigerians married to U.S. citizens, offering a more humane and efficient path to citizenship.

Under the new rules, those who have been present in the country for at least 10 years and are married to a U.S. citizen before June 17, 2024, will no longer be required to leave the country as part of their application process. This change is expected to benefit an estimated 500,000 individuals.

Additionally, approximately 50,000 stepchildren of U.S. citizens will also be eligible for the new streamlined process. Those approved will be granted work authorization and the right to stay in the United States for up to three years while they apply for permanent residency, also known as a green card.

Once granted a green card, individuals will be able to apply for U.S. citizenship, a significant step towards achieving their long-term goals.

The administration’s move aims to reduce bureaucracy and alleviate hardship faced by individuals who have been separated from their families during the lengthy application process.

While some have praised the new rules as a step in the right direction, others have called for comprehensive immigration reform, which requires Congressional action. The administration has emphasized that only Congress can deliver lasting solutions to the country’s immigration challenges.

The announcement comes amid ongoing controversy surrounding immigration policy, with some critics accusing the administration of taking a tough stance on asylum seekers and others calling for more stringent measures.

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