The United States of America has removed the reciprocity fee imposed on visa applications for Nigerians.
In a statement released by the Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman– Ferdinand Nwonye, he confirmed that the removal took effect from the 3rd of December.
“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,” he stated.
The reciprocity fee which was imposed by the US in August 2019 led to an increase in visa application costs for Nigerian citizens seeking to travel. It was also a response to the extra charges the American citizens paid for visa application imposed by the Nigerian Government.
At the time, the US Embassy had explained that the reciprocity fee was distinct from the MRV fee and both will be paid by non-immigrant visa applicants to the US.
However, this decision comes after the US Embassy acted on Section 281 of its Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) after unsuccessful negotiations with the Nigerian government, through the Foreign Affairs and Interior ministries.
The United States increased the visa application fee but has now lifted it following an agreement with the Nigerian Government who in turn, reciprocated the act.
Mohammed Manga, Spokesman to the Nigerian Interior Minister also came out to confirm the decision reached.
“The Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, has been directed to implement the decrease in Nigeria’s Visa charges to US Citizens to USD 150 with effect from Thursday, 29th August 2019,” he said.