The United States’ government has aborted its immigration policy that required payment of reciprocity fees by Nigerian citizens seeking a visa to the United States.
The cancelled reciprocity fees for Nigerian citizens, which was made known in a statement by the Spokesperson in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwoye, will take effect from December 3, 2020.
Describing the move as a positive development, Nwonye disclosed that the Nigerian government has also reciprocated the gesture of the US.
He said the Nigerian Government has also removed the excess visa application, processing and biometric fees for United States citizens applying for Nigerian visas.
“Prospective Nigerian travellers to the United States are hereby advised to visit: www.travel.state.gov for details,” the statement read.
It would also be recalled that the Nigerian government increased its visa fees for Americans travelling to Nigeria a day after the United States announced increment in its visa fees for Nigerians as a way of retaliating Nigeria’s high fees.
Nigerians whose American visas have been approved had paid extra fees ranging from $80 to $110 (N28,800 to N39,600), depending on the type of visa being applied for, the State Department said.
Nigeria has now reduced the visa fees for Americans travelling to Nigeria from $180 to $150.