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U.S. moves to stop Nigerians, others from coming to America to give birth

The updated rules, which came into force on Friday, apply to pregnant applicants for B-1 visa meant for business visits, and B-2 visa for pleasure, tourism and medical visits.

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The government of the United States of America under President Donald Trump is poised to keeping America for Americans.

As part of its ongoing broad review of the US immigration regulations, the United States is considering denying visas to women travelling to the US to give birth with the intent of obtaining US citizenship for their babies.

The Department of State announced amendments on the visa regulations aimed at curtailing the practice known as “birth tourism” on Thursday.

The updated rules, which came into force on Friday, apply to pregnant applicants for B-1 visa meant for business visits, and B-2 visa for pleasure, tourism and medical visits.

Under the new policy, pregnant women applying for either of the two visa types must convince consular officers that they are travelling to the U.S. to give birth for reasons other than obtaining American citizenship for the child.

Also, read Trump expands US travel ban to include Nigeria

Before now, travelling to the U.S. to give birth for the purpose of obtaining citizenship for a child, otherwise known as “birth tourism”, was a permissible basis for the issuance of a B non-immigrant visa.

“The Department does not believe that ‘birth tourism’ is a legitimate activity for pleasure or of a recreational nature,” the policy document stated.

President Donald Trump administration says the new rules are aimed at checking “endemic abuses’’ of the visas and protecting the U.S. from attendant national security risks.

Under the U.S. Constitution, anyone born in the country automatically becomes a citizen, a policy that Trump condemns for producing what he calls “anchor babies’’ and birthright citizenship.

The new regulations also apply to B-2 visa applicants seeking medical treatment in the U.S. Henceforth, they must also show proof of their arrangements for such treatment and prove their ability to pay all associated costs.

On Thursday afternoon, a senior state department official gave further insight into the new changes during a background media briefing on the via teleconference.

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