The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Saturday 5th of December, 2020 that the United States has removed all visa reciprocity fees for Nigerians seeking visas to the US with effect from December 3, 2020.
Nigeria previously added and recently removed excess visa application, processing and biometric fees for American citizens seeking Nigerian Visas.
The US government responded the same way, imposing a reciprocity fee for all approved non-immigrant visa applications by Nigerians in 2019 and also removing it after Nigeria led the way.
The reciprocity fees ranged from $80 to $303 depending on the class of visa. It took effect August 29 2019, after the US Embassy in Nigeria had unsuccessful discussions with Nigeria to adjust the fees American applicants are charged.
The US Embassy said the amount American citizens are charged for Nigerian visa is higher than the amount Nigerian citizens are charged for American visa and added the higher charges after Nigeria refused to reduced visa charges for Americans.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the fee removal in a statement by the spokesman, Ferdinand Nwonye, which states that
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 statement was titled
Update on removal of visa fees for Nigerian citizens by the US Government