The US Embassy has said it did not announce a new type of work visa for Nigerians between the ages of 40 and 55.
It said this in response to a press release claiming to be from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The release claimed health workers, engineers, marine workers, accountants etc are eligible for the visa.
The press release partly read, “President Joe Biden, the 46 US. President has signed an Executive Order that interested citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who measure in some special professions are eligible for American Work E-Visa and Residence Permit. This was communicated to the Nigeria US Department of immigration.
“The terms of the Executive Order allows 25,000 citizens of the Republic of Nigeria between the age of 40 to 55 whose area of expertise are among the following: Health workers, engineers, marine workers, accountants…”
It also stated that each person must make a pre-visa vaccination deposit of $150 required as a condition for visa approval. It added that applicants must also make a deposit of $250 for English proficiency test.
“Fraud Alert! Scammers and fraudsters are circulating a fake “press release” claiming to offer a new type of work visa to Nigerian citizens aged 40-55. It’s the same old scam, but in fresh packaging – don’t become a victim!” the US Embassy tweeted.