Interested in Immigrating to the US from Nigeria?
Nigeria Added to US Travel Ban 2020
Nigeria has been added to the US Travel Ban. The extended ban does not affect tourism, business and student travel but it could have an impact on US citizens who want to be reunited with family members living in the affected countries.
Any Nigerian looking to live in the US permanently may not be allowed due to the Travel Ban.
Nigerian Community in the US
Nigeria has the largest foreign born population in the US, with over 327,000 individuals. Texas, New York, and Maryland have the greatest number of Nigerians. Nigerian immigrants are one of the most highly educated groups in the US, translating to success and the highest levels of participation in the labor force among both the immigrant and native populations. Due to the large presence of Nigerians in the United States, a strong network of organizations exists to provide support for both newly arriving and already settled immigrants.
Most Nigerian immigrants get their Green Card and become Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) as immediate relatives of US citizens, through family sponsorship , through employment, or by claiming refugee status. Note that the US Consulate General in Lagos processes all immigrant visa applications in Nigeria. As many Nigerian immigrants begin as students in the US, it may also be useful to understand the student visa process as a stepping stone to later achieving legal permanent residency.
Useful Resources for Nigerians in the US
- The US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria provides information on how to apply for a visa, as well as which visa is best for individual cases.
- Nigerians in Diaspora Organization (NIDO) is a non-profit organization that focuses on networking and collaboration among Nigerian professionals in the US. It works to instill ethical consciousness and civic responsibility in order to effect positive change in Nigeria, as well as in the US.
- The Nigerian-American Community Association (NACA) is a not-for-profit association that was founded to support and address the needs of the rapidly growing Nigerian immigrant community originally in New York, and now the entire US.
- Houston: Nigerian American Multicultural Council (NAMC)
- Georgia: Alliance of Nigerian Organizations (ANOG)
- Chicago: Nigerian American Professionals Association (NAPA)
- Sacramento: Sacramento Association of Nigerians (SAN)
Profession Specific Organizations
- National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America
- Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas
Interested in Immigrating to Canada from Nigeria? Many Nigerians have found Canada to be an attractive home with great opportunity.