U.S. lifts travel ban on Chad citizens -White House

UPDATE 2-US lifts travel ban on Chad citizens -White House

The ban affected the ability of Chadians to get visas to travel to the United States.

"Chad has improved its identity-management and information sharing practices sufficiently to meet the baseline security standard of the United States", read a White House statement announcing the change.

President Donald Trump has removed Chad from the requirement of enhanced immigrant vetting because the country has demonstrated i ist no longer a security threat to U.S. interests, the White House said in a press release. Reports suggested that the country was only added to the original list because it ran out of passport paper, preventing Chadian officials from providing passport samples to the Department of Homeland Security.

"The president announced today that Chad has raised its security standards to meet important baseline United States national security requirements", the Department of Homeland Security announced, AFP reported.

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US officials also said Chad was unable to adequately share public safety and terrorism-related information with USA officials who screen foreigners seeking to enter the U.S.

Chérif Mahamat Zene, Chad's foreign minister, said in a tweet: "Chad is pleased to be removed from the list of countries whose nationals are banned from entering the United States, and hopes to further strengthen the strategic partnership and cooperation between the two countries".

According to an earlier report by NAIJ.com, the United States government under the administration of Donald Trump on Monday, January 29, announced it was lifting the ban on refugees from 11 "high-risk" countries, but said those seeking to enter the U.S. would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past. "S.", the White House said.

The central African country was seen as the odd one out on the list of countries featured in the September version of Trump's travel ban. Restrictions have also been placed on certain individuals from Venezuela. But Donald Trump said the travel ban will remain in place for six other countries that "did not make notable improvements".

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