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NIS effects change in Visa fee for US citizens to $160

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The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Muhammad Babandede has effected change in visa fee to 160 Dollars for American citizens as directed by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

This, he said was with effect from Aug. 29.

NIS spokesman, Mr Sunday James, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the minister had on Wednesday approved reduction in Visa charges payable by U.S. citizens.

This, he said was in line with reciprocity policy as recommended by a committee set up to conduct due diligence.

Babandede said that the change had been effected in the NIS portal and all diplomatic and Consular Missions were advised to comply with immediate effect.

He said that the minister exercised the powers conferred on him in Section 30 subsection (1)of the Immigration Act, 2015.

also reports that the U.S. had earlier complained that its citizens were paying high fees to secure Nigerian visas.

Before the introduction of the reciprocity fee, U.S. citizens paid average of 180 Dollars to secure Nigerian visas.

The embassy said that since early 2018, the U.S. government had engaged the Nigerian government on changing the fees charged to U.S. citizens for certain visa categories.

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