Going forward, Nigerians applying for American Visas will no longer have to pay the reciprocity fee that was formerly imposed.
In an official public statement, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed the development which took effect from December 3.
Ferdinand Nwonye, the ministry’s spokesman 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.”
He added that the 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”.
In 2019, the US immigration department had increased Visa fees for Nigerians applying for non-immigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa classifications.
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The US consulate had annouced that it was to reciprocate extra visa charges that the Nigerian government imposed on Americans.
However, both the Nigerian and American Governments had confirmed that the “reciprocity” or “issuance” fee has now been removed.
A statement on the official website of the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Nigeria reads:
“Effective December 2, 2020, the reciprocity schedule for Nigeria changed to remove all reciprocity fees for the nonimmigrant visa categories listed below. There are no reciprocity fees remaining on any visa class for Nigerian nationals.
All non-immigrant visa applicants are still required to pay the $160 non-refundable MRV fee at the time of application. Reciprocity fees paid prior to December 3, 2020, are not refundable.
The removal of these reciprocity fees matches the Nigerian government’s removal of additional fees on U.S. citizens applying for Nigerian visas”
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