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U.S. Embassy Removes Visa Reciprocity Fees for Nigerians


The U.S. embassy in Nigeria has lifted the visa reciprocity fees imposed on Nigerian passport holders in August of 2020, for all approved applications for nonimmigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa classifications — after the Nigerian government lifted visa issuance fees also (for all approved applications) imposed on American citizens applying for visas to Nigeria.

A press release published on the U.S. embassy website in Nigeria on December 5, 2020 states that:

Effective December 2, 2020, the reciprocity schedule for Nigeria changed to remove all reciprocity fees for the nonimmigrant visa categories listed below.  There are no reciprocity fees remaining on any visa class for Nigerian nationals.  

All non-immigrant visa applicants are still required to pay the $160 non-refundable MRV fee at the time of application. Reciprocity fees paid prior to December 3, 2020 are not refundable. 

The removal of these reciprocity fees matches the Nigerian government’s removal of additional fees on U.S. citizens applying for Nigerian visas. 

The laws of the United States requires U.S. visa fees and validity periods to be based on the treatment afforded to U.S. citizens by foreign governments, insofar as possible.

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