US Embassy yet to receive information from Federal Government over reduction in visa cost

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Over two months after the Interior Ministry announced a reduction in the cost of Nigerian visas for American citizens, the United States Embassy in Nigeria has continued to charge Nigerians a reciprocity fee.

The US Embassy had on August 29, 2019, announced a reciprocity fee for Nigerians based on the premise that Americans seeking Nigerian visa were paying too much to secure it.

The US Embassy via in an email said it is yet to receive any information from the Federal Government as regards the reduction in visa cost.

When contacted, the Information Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwoye, blamed the Nigeria Immigration Service for the development.

Nwoye said once the NIS communicates with the ministry, the needful would be done.

NIS Spokesman, Sunday James, however, said immigration had done the needful by announcing a reduction in the cost of visa for Americans.

He said the service had no further announcement to make since the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola, had addressed the matter.

Prior to the introduction of the reciprocity fees, persons applying for an American B1/B2 tourist visa paid about $160 at the exchange rate of N370/$1.

However, Americans applying for Nigerian tourist visa paid $270 for a single entry visa.