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US Removes ‘Reciprocity Fee’ Imposed On Nigerian Visa Applicants

Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the United States of America has removed the reciprocity fee imposed on visa applications from Nigeria.

The statement released on Friday signed by its spokesman Ferdinand Nwonye by the ministry said the removal took effect on Thursday, 3 December 2020.

“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 positive development is in line with the removal of excess visa application, processing and biometric fees for United States citizens applying for Nigerian visas by the Nigerian government.

“The United States government has therefore eliminated reciprocity fees for Nigerian citizens with effect from December 3, 2020.”

The US imposed the reciprocity fee in August 2020 for applicants whose non-immigrant visa applications are granted.

The US imposed the fee to retaliate the extra visa fee the Nigerian government imposed on America citizens.

At the time, the Nigeria government were charging US applicants $110 extra fee compared to the $160 Nigerians were paying.

The federal government immediately reduced the visa application fees for US citizens after the complaint.