The Federal Government may reciprocate the visa restriction imposed on Nigerians by the United States and other countries, the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammed Babandede, said on Tuesday.
The NIS comptroller-general stated this while speaking with newsmen on the new visa policy launched by President Muhammadu Buhari in February this year.
The US had in January suspended the issuance of visas to Nigerians and nationals of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, and Myanmar in a bid to prevent permanent residency in America.
Babandede said: “I can tell you that the US is a country, it is a nation like Nigeria. They have the right to restrict who will enter their territory or not just like we can restrict US citizens or whomsoever from entering Nigeria.
“So they have the right. But I want people to know that visa restriction is not a visa ban, it is a ban for people who want to take residency not people who want to go for short visits.
“You are aware that President Muhammadu Buhari just launched a new visa policy for Nigeria, the visa policy has 79 classes of visa. So, we will be in a position to say to countries, if you allow us for short visits we will allow you for short visits and if you stop us from other visits, we do the same, because the new visa policy is based on reciprocity.
“So, we will test this for a year and see those who reciprocate and we take actions for those who do otherwise.”