The United States government has revealed that it notified all foreign governments of a change in its performance metrics for identity-management and information sharing criteria since March 11, 2019.
It added that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) identified the worst-performing countries for further interagency review and for an assessment of the potential impact of visa restrictions.
The US government in a proclamation published on the White House website said that Nigeria and the five other affected countries were among the worst-performing in the world.
It stated: “The process began on March 11, 2019, when the United States government formally notified all foreign governments (except for Iran, Syria, and North Korea) about the refined performance metrics for the identity-management and information-sharing criteria,” the proclamation read.
“DHS identified the worst-performing countries for further interagency review and for an assessment of the potential impact of visa restrictions.
“In addition, the United States government, led by the department of state, continued or increased engagements with many countries about those countries’ deficiencies.”
The US government noted that a number of foreign governments sent senior officials to Washington, D.C to discuss those issues, explore potential solutions, and convey views about obstacles to improving performance.
It said that as a result of this engagement, one country made sufficient improvements in its information-sharing and identity-management practices and was removed from consideration for travel restrictions.
It however said that there are prospects for near-term improvements for the six countries.
In the proclamation, the US president, Donald Trump, said the acting secretary of homeland security submitted a report on September 13 recommending the actions to be taken on the countries identified including “incentivising those foreign governments to improve their practices.”
The proclamation imposes a ban on the issuance of immigrant visas to Nigerian passport holders.
The proclamation however forced President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a committee to study and address the issues that made the US place visa restrictions on Nigerian passport holders