US Embassy Implements New Policy to make Nigerians Pay More for Visa.
- Americans have been paying much to get Nigerian Visa – US Embassy
- It is a reciprocity fees
- The payment of the visa reciprocity fee will begin worldwide on August 29.
The United States Embassy has release a statement on the increment of American visa to Nigerians.
According the statement released on Tuesday, August 27, the new payment plan for the visa will take effect on the 29th August.
The reciprocity fee will be required for all Nigerian citizens worldwide, regardless of where they are applying for a non-immigrant visa to the U.S.
Only Nigerians whose applications for non-immigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa classifications have been granted will be required to pay the additional fee on top of the fee paid to get a visa interview.
Nigerians whose visa applications are denied won’t be required to pay the fee.
“Both reciprocity and MRV fees are non-refundable, and their amounts vary based on visa classification. The reciprocity fee is required for each visa that is issued, which means both adults and minors whose visa applications are approved will be charged the reciprocity fee,” the embassy said
The fees to be paid for each visa classification is as follows: B1 ($110), B2 ($110), B1/B2 ($110), F1 ($110), F2 ($110), H1B ($180), H4 ($180), I ($210), L1 ($303), L2 ($303), R1 ($80) and R2 ($80).
On why the new fees is been imposed, the embassy said U.S. citizens currently obtain Nigerian visas at a higher cost compared to Nigerians obtaining a visa to the U.S. The new reciprocity fee for Nigerian citizens is meant to eliminate that cost difference.
The embassy said the Nigerian government failed to heed to their 18 months pleas to change the fees charged to U.S. citizens for certain visa categories.
“U.S. law requires U.S. visa fees and validity periods to be based on the treatment afforded to U.S. citizens by foreign governments, insofar as possible.
“Visa issuance fees are implemented under the principle of reciprocity: when a foreign government imposes additional visa fees on U.S. citizens, the United States will impose reciprocal fees on citizens of that country for similar types of visas.
“Nationals of a number of countries worldwide are currently required to pay this type of fee after their non-immigrant visa application is approved,” the embassy said.