The Federal Government has reduced the visa fee of US citizens seeking entry into Nigerian. This development came barely 24 hours after the United State of America imposed a new visa fees on Nigerians seeking US visa.
The Honourable Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, today wednesday 28th August 20219, acknowledges that his ministry is aware of the introduction of reciprocity fee for all approved applications for non-immigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa classifications and has now moved to reduce the visa fee for Americans seeking entry to Nigeria.
An official statement issued by the ministry reads in part.
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,”
Explaining why the action was delayed until the US hiked the Visa fees for Nigerians, the statement added that the Committee set to review the visa fee 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.”
It is unclear weather the American embassy in Nigeria will also take off the reciprocity fee charges from Nigerian Citizens applying for the US entry Visa.