US Extends Tourist Visa Validity for Nigerians

From Wednesday March 1, 2023, the U.S. Mission says it is increasing the validity of visas for Nigerians who want to enter the United States temporarily for business and/or tourism from 24 months to 60 months.

According to a statement from the US Consulate in Lagos, 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.

It says the current one hundred and sixty US dollars visa application fee will not increase as a result of the increased visa validity.

The statement explains that the
Increased visa validity is one of several initiatives taken by the United States to reduce visa appointment wait times in Nigeria, even as the U.S. Mission continues to offer No-Interview Visa Renewals to those who meet the eligibility criteria as appointments for No-Interview Visa Renewals are readily available.

The Federal Government had earlier directed the implementation of a new visa reciprocity policy for citizens of the US with effect from March 1, 2023, following an approval for the commencement of the new Bilateral Consular Policy Agreements between the US and Nigeria

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said the Bilateral Consular Policy Agreements between the two countries also include the reciprocity of five-year tourist visa validity for American citizens pursuant to Section 30 of the Immigration Act, 2015; extension of visa validity to three years for diplomats and government officials between the citizens of both countries.

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