NEW RECIPROCITY CHARGED FEE IN THE US EMBASSY.

Effective worldwide on 29 August, Nigerian citizens applying for tourism, student and business visas will be required to pay a visa issuance fee, or reciprocity fee, for all approved applications for nonimmigrant visas in B, F, H1B, I, L, and R visa classifications.  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 $110 (#40,700) the new reciprocity fee.  Both reciprocity and MRV fees are non-refundable, and their amounts vary based on visa classification.

Applicants seeking the L1 visa (work permit) will pay an extra #112,100 if given visas while those applying for H4 visa (dependency/spousal) will pay an extra #66,600.

The US Embassy adopts the rate of N370/$1 for Nigerians which is higher than both the official rate.

The total cost for a U.S. citizen to obtain a visa to Nigeria is currently higher than the total cost for a Nigerian to obtain a comparable visa to the United States.  The new reciprocity fee for Nigerian citizens is meant to eliminate that cost difference.

The reciprocity fee will be required for all Nigerian citizens worldwide, regardless of where they are applying for a nonimmigrant visa to the United States.  The reciprocity fee is required for each visa that is issued, which means both adults and minors whose visa applications are approved will be charged the reciprocity fee.  The fee can only be paid at the U.S. Embassy or the U.S. Consulate General.  The reciprocity fee cannot be paid at banks or any other location.

The complete reciprocity fee schedule, organized by visa classification, can be found below.

CLASS RECIPROCITY FEE
B1 B2 B1/B2 F1 F2 H1B H4 I L1 $110 $110 $110 $110 $110 $180 $180 $210 $303
L2 $303
R1 $80
R2 $80

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