Turkish Embassy: We are not denying visas to Nigerian students

The Turkish Embassy has denied reports that it was denying visas to Nigerian students on purpose.

The embassy stated in a statement signed by Hidayet Bayraktar on January 18, 2023, that a recent report raising concern about the alleged denial of visas to Nigerian students was devoid of any reality or foundation.

The embassy emphasized Turkiye and Nigeria’s long-standing friendship and history, and clarified that visa applications are treated on an individual basis, with decisions to grant or deny such applications based on objective criteria.

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The statement partly reads: “We would like to remind you that, in any circumstances, visa applications are treated on their merits and not on a political basis, and decisions are taken on objective grounds.

“In order not to go into details, there are certain conditions that are expected to be fulfilled by the applicants for the issuance of Turkish entry visa. For example, if there is any fraud detected in any of the required documents submitted; such as a forged acceptance letter, bank account statement/declaration or if the applicant with an obtained prior visa has already stayed over 90 days during the current 180-day period on the territory of Turkey, the visa application shall be denied immediately.

“Turkey and Nigeria relations are based on a long-standing friendship and history. We see Nigerian students who are planning, presently studying or have graduated in Turkiye, as a bridge of culture and friendship between our countries and an asset to our bilateral relations. They are the honorary Ambassadors of Turkiye to Nigeria.”


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