Why US Removed Reciprocity Visa Fees For Nigerians
Latest development as the United States of America Government has eliminated all visa reciprocity fees for Nigerians in search of visas to the US.
The removing is with impact from December 3, in line with the Federal Government..
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed on Saturday that the event was sequel to the removing of extra visa utility, processing and biometric charges for American residents making use of for Nigerian visas.
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The Donald Trump administration had in 2019 imposed the reciprocity fee for all authorized non-immigrant visa applications by Nigerians.
Why The Reciprocity Visa Fees was Removed For Nigerians
The fee was charged in addition to visa application fees for only applicants who are issued visas.
The extra reciprocity charges which ranged from $80 to $303 depending on the class of visa, took effect from August 29 2019.
The US Embassy in Nigeria said the reciprocity fees were in response to unsuccessful talks with Nigeria to regulate the charges it charges American applicants.
It argued that the overall price for a US citizen to acquire a visa to Nigeria was increased than the overall price for a Nigerian to acquire 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 press release, 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 titled, ‘Update on removal of visa fees for Nigerian citizens by the US Government,’ advised prospective travellers to the US