U.S. Tourists Still Pay $270 For Nigerian Visa, Not $180

There are indications that the row between Nigeria and the U.S. over
visa fee charges might escalate despite the Federal Government’s
directive to the Nigerian embassy in the U.S. to reduce the visa fee to
$160.

Findings showed that the directive was yet to be
implemented as of yesterday, as U.S. tourists still paid as much $270 as
visa fee.

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A Nigerian whose family just returned to Port Harcourt
from the United States told The Guardian that contrary to the Nigerian
embassy’s claim on its website that visa processing fee is $180,
citizens of United States, including Nigerian citizens who naturalised
but could not renew their passports due to scarcity of booklets were
usually asked to pay as much as $270.

The source, who pleaded
anonymity, explained that himself, his wife and children who were born
in the U.S. but live in Port Harcourt, had travelled to the U.S. in June
this year after waiting several months to no avail for the Nigeria
Immigration Service (NIS) to issue them their renewed Nigerian
passports.

He narrated that the NIS had promised to courier
the booklets to him once they were ready. He stated that having waited
till early this month to no avail, he decided to apply for a Nigerian
visa for the children to enable them re-enter Nigeria where they
currently school.

“On the website, the visa fee is $180. This is
in addition to $31 for self-addressed envelop, which is normal because
they must post your visa to you at your own cost. But after we went
through the whole process, they saw our documents and then demanded for
$90 extra. Beside us, another Nigerian who had naturalised carrying an
American passport was also asked to pay the said $90. He too asked them
why the $90 was not stated on the website. They claimed it was handling
charges, whereas on website, $20 out of the official $180, was stated as
transaction charge,” he said.

He noted that the reason given for
the additional $90 hidden charge was not plausible, not cogent and
something that was shockingly indefensible.

“When you are paying
for an American visa in Nigeria, you pay to GTB. Afterwards, you don’t
have another financial transaction with the embassy in Nigeria. I
expected that the Nigerian embassy after charging the $180 they would
not charge you another amount,” he added.

The source lamented
that the officials at the consulate do not give Nigerians preference, as
it is the norm in other countries’ embassies around the world.

He
claimed that officials demanded that he and wife pay $4 for using the
computer at the embassy to write two letters requesting that his
children be issued a Nigerian visa.

Source:- Guardianng

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