Approximately 30,000 Nigerians overstayed their non-immigrant visa in 2018, according to the US Department of Homeland Security [File: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters]

Lagos, Nigeria – Ikenna is in a bind. On the one hand, the US green card holder has been advised not to travel outside the United States for a year to avoid the risk of failing to meet the eligibility criteria for citizenship. On the other hand, his newly wedded wife in Nigeria cannot visit him. She had applied for a tourist visa days before the US suspended a “drop box” procedure in May 2019 that allowed frequent visitors to reapply without being subjected to the interview process – but her application was denied.

The healthcare professional said his wife was told that since

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