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Nigeria exempted from $15,000 visa bond rule – US mission



The United States Mission said on Tuesday Nigeria was not included in the United States pilot visa bond programme announced by the outgoing Donald Trump administration.

The US Mission in Nigeria disclosed this in a statement on its website.

The rule which takes effect on December 24 requires tourist and business travellers from some countries to pay as much as $15,000 to visit the US.

It targets countries, particularly in Africa, whose nationals regularly flout directives on B-2 visas for tourists and B-1 visas for business travelers.

The statement read: “In response to the April 2019 Presidential Memorandum on Combating High Nonimmigrant Overstay Rates, the Department and our embassies and consulates overseas conducted an in-depth analysis to identify and address root causes of overstays.

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“Among other efforts to address this challenge, the State Department is considering additional steps to address overstays, including piloting a limited visa bonds program to test, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, the operational feasibility of posting, processing, and discharging visa bonds as means to ensure the timely departure from the United States of certain travelers.

“Accordingly, the State Department will begin a limited six-month visa bond pilot program beginning on December 24, 2020.

“We are committed to combating visa overstays and making sure travelers to the United States respect our laws.

“The implementation of this pilot builds on our engagement with foreign governments in recent years and will ensure continued progress to reduce overstay rates. Nigeria is not included in this six months pilot program.”

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