Schengen Visa: Nigerians to Pay More as EU Hikes Visa Fee to Germany, 26 Countries From Tuesday

Schengen Visa: Nigerians to Pay More as EU Hikes Visa Fee to Germany, 26 Countries From Tuesday

  • Statistics on Schengen visas showed that people from Nigeria and other African countries will pay more to obtain the EU visa
  • The new development commences on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, and will see the fee increase to €90 from €80
  • With the development, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, and others will become more expensive to enter

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Schengen visa statistics published recently indicate that Nigerians and other Africans hoping to obtain a visa to enter the EU would have to pay more because the EU intends to raise the cost of visas beginning on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

EU increases visa fee for Nigerians, others
Rejected Schengen visa applications from Nigerian nationals brought in €3.4 million for the EU, according to the research. Photo Credit: Jacoblund, Morsa Images
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According to the report, African citizens will now have to pay €90 rather than the usual €80 for a Schengen visa application as from Tuesday.

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More about Schengen visa

A Schengen visa holder can visit any of the Schengen states during the same trip within the validity of the visa.

The Schengen area, encompassing 27 countries commonly referred to as "Schengen States," operates without border controls among them. These countries apply the common visa policy for short-stay visas.

These countries include Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Visa rejection for Africans rising

Rejected Schengen visa applications from Nigerian nationals brought in €3.4 million for the EU, according to the research.

Based on the data, Punch reported that there were 704,000 refusals of visa applications by African nationals in 2023.

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It stated:

“This means that €56.3m went up in smoke, considering that visa application fees are not refundable.”

Visa applications denied

The report stated that African citizens have been forced to spend millions of dollars annually because many of their visa applications have been denied.

These fees, sometimes known as "reverse remittances," only benefit the EU member states.

It added that African nationals spent €56.3m in visa application fees in 2023, representing 43% of all expenses; rejection rates in 2023 were especially high for African and Asian countries, which bear 90% of all expenses.

"Expenditures are to increase by 12.5 per cent starting next week as the EU raises visa fees for adults from €80 to €90 on 11 June, following a recent decision by the EU Commission.”
“This nationality group is especially impacted by visa rejections because it has high application rates and they are affected economically when placing visa applications.”

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It further stated that given that the majority of African nations have some of the lowest wages in the world, Africans were disproportionately affected by those costs.

As per the research, 43.1% of the total amount generated by rejected applications in 2023 was attributed to Africans.

European countries to issue Nigerians visa

Legit.ng earlier reported a directive enabling Nigerians to apply for Schengen visas through the Bulgarian and Romanian embassies.

A report had said the two countries announced plan to issue Schengen C visas, which permits short-term entry and stays of up to 90 days within 180 days into the Schengen Area from April 1, 2024.

To apply for a Schengen visa, a Nigerian must visit the embassy of the country one intends to visit.

Proofreading by James Ojo Adakole, journalist and copy editor at Legit.ng.

Source: Legit.ng

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