The United State Government has announced that effective December 2, 2020, the reciprocity schedule for Nigeria changed to ‘remove all reciprocity fees’ for the nonimmigrant visa categories.
This was disclosed in a statement made available to TechEconomy.ng today by the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria, Public Affairs Section.
U.S. Government requires nonimmigrant visa applicants from certain countries/areas of authority to pay a visa issuance fee after their application is approved.
“These fees are based on the principle of reciprocity: when a foreign government imposes fees on U.S. citizens for certain types of visas, the United States will impose a reciprocal fee on citizens of that country/area of authority for similar types of visas”, the U.S. travel website reads.
“There are no reciprocity fees remaining on any visa class for Nigerian nationals.
“All non-immigrant visa applicants are still required to pay the $160 non-refundable MRV fee at the time of application. Reciprocity fees paid prior to December 3, 2020 are not refundable.
“The removal of these reciprocity fees matches the Nigerian government’s removal of additional fees on U.S. citizens applying for Nigerian visas”, the statement reads.