FG announces US govt's removal of reciprocity visa fees for Nigerians

FG announces US govt's removal of reciprocity visa fees for Nigerians

- The US government has eliminated the reciprocity fees for Nigerian seeking Americans visas

- The new policy which took effect from Thursday, December 3, was announced by the Nigerian government

- Recall that the US government introduced the reciprocity fees in 2019 on the ground that its citizens seeking Nigerian visa pay more than Nigerians seeking the US visa

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Nigerians will no longer pay reciprocity fee when applying for American visas following its removal by the United States, the federal government has announced.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed this through its spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, on Saturday, December 5, adding that the removal took effect from Thursday, December 3.

The ministry explained that the development was sequel to the removal of excess visa application, processing and biometric fees for US citizens applying for Nigerian visas.

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Visa: FG announces US govt's removal of reciprocity fees for Nigerians
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The ministry further advised Nigerian intending to travel to the US to visit www.travel.state.gov for details.

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Legit.ng recalls that the US government had in 2019 imposed the reciprocity fee for all approved non-immigrant visa applications by Nigerians. It took effect from August 2019.

The fee which was charged in addition to visa application fees for only applicants who are issued visas ranged from $80 (N30,000) to $303 (N114,837) depending on the class of visa.

The US Embassy in Nigeria explained then that the reciprocity fees were in response to unsuccessful talks with the federal government to adjust the fees it charges American applicants.

Similarly, the federal government announced in February 2020 that it had slashed its visa application charges for citizens of the US from $180 to $160.

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The old amount comprised $160 as a visa fee and $20 as processing and expedient fees.

The comptroller-general of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, said the reduction followed a review of the US visa reciprocity policy for Nigeria.

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