US blames FG for Nigeria Visa fee increase

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The US embassy in Nigeria has announced an increase in its visa issuance fee to Nigerian citizens.

According to a statement released on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, the payment of the visa issuance fee, or reciprocity fee will take effect worldwide on August 29.

Nigerians will be required to pay an additional fee (reciprocity fee) outside the normal fee required to apply for a visa.

What this means for Nigerians is any applicant planning to apply for a non-immigrant visa of any of the following classification( B, F, H1B, I, L and R ) would pay the usual visa application fee, and if granted visa would be required to pay an additional fee (reciprocity fee) in accordance to chosen visa classification.

Explaining the reason for the new fee, the embassy said US citizens are acquiring Nigerian visas at a higher cost when compared to cost Nigerians get for obtaining US visa. The US embassy said effort to bring the price down through dialogue with the Nigeria government has proved ineffective.

“The total cost for a US citizen to obtain a visa to Nigeria is currently higher than the total cost for a Nigerian to obtain a comparable visa to the United States.  The new reciprocity fee for Nigerian citizens is meant to eliminate that cost difference.

However the statement noted that “Nigerian citizens whose applications for a non-immigrant visa are denied will not be charged the new reciprocity fee.”

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