President Donald Trump has introduced a new visa policy to address the high rates of non-immigrant overstay in the United States.
The new policy which is currently under a pilot/testing phase focuses on tourist and business visas.
It requires applicants for the visas from some listed countries to pay a bond which will be up to $15,000 in addition to visa fees which currently range from $160 to $300.
Using the current official exchange rate of N379/1$ by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), $15,000 is N5,685,000 (N5.6 million).
The policy which will be effective from December 2020 to June 2021 will affect 23 countries
See list below:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Papua New Guinea
US visa: Nigeria excluded as Trump’s new policy requires some Africans to pay over N5m in bonds
Nigeria not included
Meanwhile, the United States government has explained that Nigeria is exempted from the new visa policy.
In a statement on Tuesday, November 24, the US consulate in Nigeria said it can confirm that Nigeria is not currently affected by the policy.
The consulate said:
“Nigeria is not included in this six months pilot program.”
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