Announcing the removal of the reciprocity fee in a statement, the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, said, “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 Donald Trump administration had in 2019 imposed the reciprocity fee for all approved non-immigrant visa applications by Nigerians. The fee was charged in addition to visa application fees for only applicants who are issued visas. The additional reciprocity fees which ranged from $80 to $303 depending on the class of visa, took effect from August 29 last year.
The US Embassy in Nigeria said the reciprocity fees were in response to unsuccessful talks with Nigeria to adjust the fees it charges American applicants. This was as a result of the removal of excess visa application, processing and biometric fees for American citizens applying for Nigerian visas.
The removal is with effect from December 3, according to the Federal Government.
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