NETIZENS SHARE THE PLIGHT OF APPLYING FOR VISAS

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A section of Kenyans have shared their foul experiences with the USA embassy in Nairobi.

This was after popular activist Boniface Mwangi revealed that a mother has been caught between a rock and a hard place. The said mother is set to travel to the USA to attend the burial of her daughter. But she might not because the USA embassy would not grant her an expedited visa interview.

Mwangi went on to argue that their visa process is inhuman and backward.

The US embassy collects millions of dollars from thousands of Kenyans and grants few visas. Our government needs to address this. We can’t have them minting money from poor Kenyans. Our government must pass a law that unsuccessful visa applicants must get a percentage refund of the visa fees they pay to western embassies. He write.

He went on to insist that this money minting business should be stopped.

It’s time we did something about these exploitative behavior by former colonial powers who get visas on arrival in Kenya. Our foreign policy must protect our dignity and money.

He added.
Visa Security (@VisaSecurity) / Twitter

Netizens react

Netizens took to his post to share similar experiences about the frustrating nature of the embassy.

An instance where it’s said that the US embassy does daily interviews to 1000 applicants each paying 22,000. Out of the 1000, only 100 get Visas daily meaning the embassy pockets 22,000 for 900 people which translates to 19,800,000 daily, 594,000,000 monthly and 7.13 Billion annually. Then after 5 years USAID gives Kenya a concessional loan of USD $356.4Million further getting interest from our own money. Very sad state of affairs. Noted a netizen.

Others argued that going to the USA is like going to heaven. I agree. Going to America is like going to heaven, you have to take the narrow road….SAD!!

Others felt that our government could be collaborating with the USA embassy to frustrate Kenyans. I fully agree, its either our government doesn’t care or its collaborating in the scheme. Either way it’s a great shame we being betrayed by our own government.

What has been your experience and what do you think can be done?

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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