Africa: Nigeria implements reduced visa application fees for US citizens

The Federal Government of Nigeria has begun an implementation of reduced visa application fees for citizens of the United States of America, the newsguru reports.

According to the report, the US had in August 2019 increased the cost of visa application for Nigerians insisting that the measure was in response to the extra visa fee charged American citizens by Nigerian government.

The American consulate alleged that while they charged Nigerians $160 for visa application, Nigeria charged $110 higher.

In response to the increment, Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola announced a slash in the Nigerian visa fee with a directive that US citizens should pay $160.

While responding, the US embassy said the extra cost for visa application includes Nigerians too saying it hadn’t been notified officially by Nigerian government on the matter.

The report further stated that the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Muhammad Babandede had in a memo dated February 5 directed all Nigerian missions in the US to adopt the new visa policy payable by US citizens and stop all extra charges.

A memo marked NIS/HQ/CGI/806/7 addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs was based on the review of US Visa reciprocity for Nigeria.

It read” Our missions are to issue up to two years multiple entry visa to frequent short visit travelers on request in line with reciprocity “he added.

In a related development, time dot com reports that the White House had said Immigrants from Nigeria and three other countries are no longer eligible for visas allowing them to live permanently in the United States.

The information said they would still qualify for tourists and business visas but with Nigeria seldom granted such as the US lamented too many visitors from the West African country overstay their visas.

Meanwhile, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari had set up a committee to review the US requirements.

By Francis Ogwo

Source- thenews guru
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