The Federal Government on Saturday announced that the United States has removed all visa reciprocity fees for Nigerian citizens seeking visas to the US with effect from December 3.
This was made known by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement titled, ‘Update on removal of visa fees for Nigerian citizens by the US Government.’
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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
“The United States Government has, therefore, eliminated reciprocity fees for Nigerian citizens with effect from December 3, 2020.”
The Ministry spokesperson also asked prospective travellers to the US to visit www.travel.state.gov for details.
Recalls had it that the Donald Trump administration had in 2019 imposed the reciprocity fee for all approved non-immigrant visa applications by Nigerians.
The additional reciprocity fees which ranged from $80 to $303 depending on the class of visa was charged in addition to visa application fees for only applicants who are issued visas.
The US Embassy in Nigeria said the reciprocity fees which took effect August 29, 2019 were in response to unsuccessful talks with Nigeria to adjust the fees it charges American applicants.