BREAKING: US increases visa validity to 5 years for Nigerians

The United States has announced that starting March 1, 2023, it will increase visitor visa validity from 24 months to 60 months for Nigerians who want to enter the United States temporarily for business and/or tourism.

The visa validity extension allows Nigerians to use the visa for 60 months to make short trips to the United States for tourism or business purposes before having to renew their visa.

The visa application fee, currently USD160, will not increase as a result of the increased visa validity.

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Recall the Federal Government of Nigeria has earlier directed the full implementation of a new visa reciprocity policy for citizens of the United States of America with effect from March 1, 2023.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, gave the directive following the approval for the implementation of the new Bilateral Consular Policy Agreements between the governments of Nigeria and the United States of America.

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The agreements amongst others include: The reciprocity of five (5) year tourist visa validity for American citizens pursuant to Section 30 of the Immigration Act, 2015; and the Extension of visa validity to three (3) years for Diplomats and government officials between the citizens of Nigeria and the United States of America.

Consequently, the Minister of Interior has directed the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, to start implementation of the policy from March 1. The main item of attention is number 5 on the list.

“As part of the Bilateral Agreement, the United States of America will implement a similar policy for Nigerians wishing to travel on Tourist Visas to the United States and for our diplomats and officials visiting the country. The United States will thus extend Tourist Visa Validity for Nigerian citizens to five (5) years,” Aregbesola said yesterday in a statement by his Media Adviser, Sola Fasure.

The Minister stated: “Nigerians will recall that President Muhammadu Buhari launched the new Nigeria Visa Policy (NPV) in 2020, which amongst other things promote tourism. Tourist Vis a falls under the Short Visit Visa (F5A) category. This policy is in line with Mr. President’s desire to boost cultural exchange and business between both nations.”

The Minister also enjoined all registered voters in Nigeria to come out today to exercise their franchise, promising a safe and secure environment before, during and after the elections. He noted that in exercising their civil democratic right for the Presidential and National Assembly elections, it is important that all hands should be on deck to make the exercise peaceful, safe and successful.

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“Internal movements have been restricted to the polling units. There will also be no movement of persons across national borders. Law enforcement agencies are required to use all means necessary in providing security for lives and property at the polling units, in the streets and at the borders. Every threat must be contained and assurances must be given f lives and property and for the success of the elections.

“The Federal Government has put in place all necessary measures to ensure the security of lives and property and the success of the elections. Nigerians are enjoined to be calm and peaceful in their conduct, quietly cast their votes and shun any act capable of putting this democratic festival in jeopardy.”

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