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United States revokes reciprocity visa fees for Nigerians

By on December 5, 2020 0 156 Views

Nigerian seeking American visas would no longer be required to pay additional fee outside the official fee any ling as the United States has finally removed all visa reciprocity fees for Nigerians with effect from December 3.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement on Saturday, the development was sequel to the removal of excess visa application, processing and biometric fees for American citizens applying for Nigerian visas.

The outgoing President Donald Trump administration had in 2019 imposed the reciprocity fee for all approved non-immigrant visa applications by Nigerians.

The fee was charged in addition to visa application fees for only applicants who are issued visas.

The additional reciprocity fees which ranged from $80 to $303 depending on the class of visa, took effect from August 29 last year.

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The US Embassy in Nigeria said the reciprocity fees were in response to unsuccessful talks with Nigeria to adjust the fees it charges American applicants.

It argued that the total cost for a US citizen to obtain a visa to Nigeria was higher than the total cost for a Nigerian to obtain a comparable visa to the United States.

The Mission insisted that the reciprocity fee was meant to eliminate the cost difference as required by US laws.

Announcing the removal of the reciprocity fee in a statement, the MFA spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, said, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that the United States Government has removed all visa reciprocity fees for Nigerian citizens seeking visas to the United States.

“The positive development is in line with the removal of excess visa application, processing and biometric fees for United States citizens applying for Nigerian visas by the Nigerian
Government.

“The United States Government has, therefore, eliminated reciprocity fees for Nigerian citizens with effect from December 3, 2020.”

The statement advised prospective travelers to the US to visit www.travel.state.gov for details.”

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