VERDICT: Fake and Scam
A document circulating on social media including WhatsApp has claimed that the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, has ordered the issuance of electronic work (e-work) and residence permits for Nigerians.
The claim contained in a press statement purported to have emanated from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services said that Biden has signed an executive order for Nigerians to get an e-work and residence permit.
The press statement also claimed that the presidential order was communicated to the Nigerian Commission in the US and the deadline for submission of the application is April 30, 2021.
A review of the official website of the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services shows that there is no press statement by the country on such a matter.
A further review of the press statement shows it is riddled with grammatical errors and expressions.
There is also no evidence the US President issued an Executive Order targeted specifically at Nigeria or her people.
The mission said the press statement is fake and a well-known fraud.
“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!” – US Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria tweeted.
In his first weeks in office, President Biden issued several executive orders focused on the re-evaluation and unwinding of the US immigration policies of former President Donald Trump.
It is also important to note that none of the executive orders contain the claim made by the press release.
The US President Joe Biden did not order US Citizenship and Immigration Services to give Nigerians work E-Visa and residency permit as claimed by the press release.
CDD can confirm that the press statement claiming the issuance of e-work and resident permits for Nigerians by the US is a scam.
CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.
You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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