The United State of America (USA) has eased visa sanctions that was some time ago placed on Sierra Leone by the US.
This disclosure was made known by the US through their United State Embassy in Sierra Leone in their press statement of 30th March.
That the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has ordered for the reduction of visa sanctions on Sierra Leone in recognition of the Sierra Leone Government increased assistance in facilitating the return home of its citizens who are subjected to final orders of removal from the US.
“I am pleased to announce this reduction in sanctions,” stated newly arrived Ambassador David Reimer.
That the abiding friendship between the two nations is built on ties of family, culture, and mutual respect, as well as political and economic exchange.
That they recognize and appreciate the Government of Sierra Leone’s improvements on removals issues and trust that the government will continue to work with us in establishing a mutually-agreeable process for accepting Sierra Leonean nationals subject to final orders of removal from the United States.
“Effective March 31, the U.S. Embassy in Freetown will resume issuing all immigrant and most nonimmigrant visas to qualified Sierra Leoneans. Under Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) visa restrictions will continue to apply to B1, B2, and B1/B2 nonimmigrant visas for Sierra Leonean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC) officials and immigration officials until the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined that 243(d) visa restrictions are no longer merited and so informs the Secretary of State,” the release affirmed.