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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Reciprocity Policy Wahala: FG forced to reduce visa fees for Americans - ITREALMS

The Federal Government (FG) on Wednesday approved the reduction of visa charges payable by United States of America (USA) citizens in line with the reciprocity policy, reports ITREALMS.

This came on the heels of the United States hike of the cost of visa application for Nigerians.

Nigerians are required to pay a fee called visa ‘issuance fee’, or ‘reciprocity fee’, for all applications for non-immigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa classifications.

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The issuance/reciprocity fee is different from the application fees as this will be charged in addition to the non-immigrant visa application fee.

Reacting, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola in a statement by the Director Press and Public Relations, Mohammed Manga, said that “the Ministry acknowledges that there were engagements with the United States Embassy on the issue and in the aftermath, a Committee was set up to conduct due diligence in line with the Ministry’s extant policy on reciprocity of Visa fees.

“The Committee had concluded its assignment and submitted a Report but the issuance of authorisation for its recommendations was delayed due to transition processes in the Ministry at the policy level.

“The Honourable Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has approved the decrease of Visa charges payable by US citizens in line with reciprocity policy as recommended by the Committee.

“Accordingly, 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 with effect from Thursday, 29th August, 2019”.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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