Birth tourism: Unity State imposes visa restriction on pregnant women

Birth tourism

The United States of America has said it will no longer issue visas to foreigners who want to give birth in the country.

Aljazeera reports that the administration of Donald Trump on Thursday, January, 23, disclosed that the new visa rules are aimed at restricting women from travelling to the United States to give birth so their children can have a coveted US passport.

The US state department explained that in enforcing the new rules, applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular officers to be coming to the US primarily to give birth.

The administration of Donald Trump says the new visa rules are aimed at restricting women from travelling to the United States to give birth so their children can have a US passport
It said pregnant persons with medical needs will be treated like other foreigners coming to the US for medical treatment but must prove that they have the money to pay for it – including transportation and living expenses.

The US government stated that the new rules will take effect on Friday, January 24.

While Trump has been clamping down on immigration, he has not been able to do much about birthright citizenship.

Garba Shehu, spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, noted that though the Nigerian authorities are aware of the report that Nigeria is listed among the country to face such sanction, it would not say anything until it becomes formal.

Apart from Nigeria, other countries listed are Belarus, Myanmar, Sudan, Eritrea, Tanzania and Kyrgyzstan.

Daily Sun quoted Shehu as saying the presidency read about the plan by Donald Trump’s government.

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1 thought on “Birth tourism: Unity State imposes visa restriction on pregnant women

  1. The growth of birth tourism in the US has been largely contributed to the US companies offering birth assistance to foreign mothers. These companies have make money out of this services and has been giving easy access to US citizenship for foreign nationals. Regulating these companies could also lessen the cases of birth tourism in the US.

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