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EU prioritising student visas despite covid-19, says envoy

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European countries are still issuing student visas and certain categories of visa in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The EU in a statement on Tuesday titled: ‘Travel visas to Europe,’ said priority was being given to students looking to study in Europe.

It noted that thousands of visas had been issued this year in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The statement also disclosed that the EU member countries were assisting 93 students selected for the Erasmus+ scholarships.

It stated, “In 2020, more Nigerian students were selected for the prestigious Erasmus programme than ever before, showing that the EU would not be deterred by the COVID-19 crisis in giving priority to the support of Nigerian youths.”

The EU Ambassador, Mr Ketil Karlsen, commended the issuance of visas by the EU member states.

He said, “This underlines the essential relations between the EU and Nigeria. Creating new opportunities for the youth and making sure that Nigerian students can study in Europe is a vital part of our partnership.”

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