The United States will now charge an extra minimum of $80 and a maximum of $303 for any successful nonimmigrant visa application by a Nigerian, beginning August 29th 2019.
This, according to a press release by the United States government, is meant to eliminate what she calls a “cost difference.” It’s deemed in line with the US law, which base visa fees and validity period on any corresponding treatment accorded its citizens across borders.
The new reciprocity rule means every Nigerian will pay a non-refundable fee after you get your US Visa. The fee is required of all Nigerians (adults and minors), regardless of where in this pot-bellied world you make your visa application – provided your application is granted. You’ll find the complete reciprocity cost structure below.
The new reciprocity fee for Nigerian citizens is meant to eliminate that cost difference.
Vecta Travels understands a US citizen currently pays a nun-refundable average of $180 for a Nigerian Visa, whilst the Americans charge their Nigerian counterparts $160 (non-refundable fee).
The statement added that the extra “reciprocity fee” is a final course of action after several failed attempts to engage the Nigerian government on cost disparity “for certain visa categories since early 2018”.
It’s worth stressing that the reciprocity fee is different from the US visa application fee, also known as the MRV fee, which currently costs a non-refundable $160 for a non-petition-based nonimmigrant visa. The former is required of most visa applicants while the latter is only charged to an approved nonimmigrant visa applicant after the visa interview.
After eighteen months of review and consultations, the government of Nigeria has not changed its fee structure for U.S. citizen visa applicants, requiring the U.S. Department of State to enact new reciprocity fees in accordance with our visa laws