Breaking: FG bows to pressure, reduces visa fees of US citizens
The Federal Government has reduced the price of visa for US citizens seeking visa to Nigeria.
This is coming barely 24 hours after the US Embassy announced that Nigerians will now have to pay extra to obtain visas to the US.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola revealed that his ministry was alerted to the reciprocity fee for all approved applications for non-immigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa classifications.
Reacting to the development, Aregbesola said: “The attention of the Ministry of Interior has been drawn to the introduction of reciprocity of Visa Fees by the United States of America. 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 statement read.
“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. Monetary policy rate cut, a positive move – Analyst(Opens in a new browser tab)
“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.”