A study of data released by the US Department of State has revealed a high reduction in the number of Nigerians that received the US non-immigrant visas in the last three years.
Every year, nonimmigrant visas are granted to foreign nationals to enter the United States on a temporary basis for purposes like tourism, medical, business, temporary work and study.
Nigerians have benefitted from this gesture over the years but a gale of visa denials in the past year has changed the story.
With a 57.47% adjusted refusal rate, Nigeria was also listed among top countries like Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Burundi, Burkina Faso etc., with high refusal rate for B-visas.
Contrary to the claim that Nigeria is the biggest beneficiary of the US non-immigrant visa, Nigerians only account for just 1.6 per cent of the total figure of those granted the non-immigrant visas in the last fiscal year.