At least 2,611 Gambians has been denied non-immigrant U.S. visa, according to State Department statistics at its post in Banjul last year.
About 3,452 people applied for entry into United States and visas were granted to less than 1,000 people. At least 75.64% of Gambian applicants were rejected, one of the highest in Africa.
With only 841 people given visas, Gambia’s refusal rate is higher than Senegal, war-torn DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Eretria and even Somalia, where terrorist group Al-Shabab has laid siege on lives – making it one of, if not the highest in Africa.
Gambians spent D22,095,200 (USD $552,380) on visa applications and lost D16,712,840 (USD $417,821).
Those granted entry where often given five year multiple entry visas.
More than 407,000 Africans from at least 16 countries applied for U.S. entry spending at least $66 million. More than 143,00 of them were rejected losing at least $22 million. This is just for B1 visas and those not include other visa types like F1 for students.
(Reporting by Sulayman Makalo – ASN; Writing by Sam Phatey; Editing by Alhagie Jobe)