The U.S Division of State has introduced that efficient worldwide on August 29th, 2019, Nigerian residents will probably be required to pay a visa issuance payment, or reciprocity payment, for all authorized functions for nonimmigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa classifications.
A press release by the Public Affairs Part of the U.S Consulate Basic mentioned “the reciprocity fee will be charged in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee, also known as the MRV fee, which all applicants pay at the time of application.”
“Nigerian citizens whose applications for a nonimmigrant visa are denied will not be charged the new reciprocity fee. Both reciprocity and MRV fees are non-refundable, and their amounts vary based on visa classification,” the assertion mentioned.
U.S. regulation requires U.S. visa charges and validity durations to be primarily based on the therapy afforded to U.S. residents by international governments, insofar as potential. Visa issuance charges are carried out below the precept of reciprocity: when a international authorities imposes extra visa charges on U.S. residents, the United States will impose reciprocal charges on residents of that nation for comparable forms of visas. Nationals of plenty of nations worldwide are at the moment required to pay the sort of payment after their nonimmigrant visa utility is authorized.
The entire value for a U.S. citizen to receive a visa to Nigeria is at the moment larger than the whole value for a Nigerian to receive a comparable visa to the United States. The brand new reciprocity payment for Nigerian residents is supposed to get rid of that value distinction.
Since early 2018, the U.S. authorities has engaged the Nigerian authorities to request that the Nigerian authorities change the charges charged to U.S. residents for sure visa classes. After eighteen months of evaluate and consultations, the authorities of Nigeria has not modified its payment construction for U.S. citizen visa candidates, requiring the U.S. Division of State to enact new reciprocity charges in accordance with our visa legal guidelines.
The reciprocity payment will probably be required for all Nigerian residents worldwide, no matter the place they’re making use of for a nonimmigrant visa to the United States. The reciprocity payment is required for every visa that’s issued, which implies each adults and minors whose visa functions are authorized will probably be charged the reciprocity payment. The payment can solely be paid at the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Consulate Basic. The reciprocity payment can’t be paid at banks or some other location.
The whole reciprocity payment schedule, organised by visa classification, could be discovered beneath.
For extra particulars, go to: https://ng.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/ and http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng