By Godson Ikiebey-
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that the White House is considering imposing travel restrictions on countries whose citizens overstay short-term visitor visa.
According to the report, US President Donald Trump Is reportedly considering the move as a means of curbing immigration.
According to the journal, Nigeria, Chad, Eritrea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are some of the countries whose immigrants overstay their visas at relatively high rates.
Quoting Hogan Gidley, White House spokesman, the journal wrote that the Trump administration wants “to reduce overstay rates for visas and the visa waiver program — and it’s well known that the administration is working to ensure faithful implementation of immigration welfare rules to protect American taxpayers”.
The report went on to say that the US, as part of the new rule, “would tell the countries’ governments that if rates don’t reverse, then future visas could be shorter or harder to get, according to an administration official who described the move as putting those countries “on notice”.
“Ultimately, nationals from countries with high overstay rates could be barred entirely, though the official said no ban is now under consideration”.
The White House is also said to be considering a number of other rule changes that will make it more difficult to obtain student and investor visas, as well as visas for spouses of highly skilled H-1B-visa holders.