The United States of America has made public a revised visa policy for Nigerians two days after the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
In contrast to the previous two-year limit, Nigerian applicants for tourist visas to the United States are are now eligible for five years (60 months) of travel authorization, according to a statement released on Monday.
The press statement announced that the new system will go into effect on March 1st, 2023.
This is said to be in line with the most recent reciprocal visa agreement between the US and Nigeria.
A list of people who qualified for visa renewals without interviews was also included in the release.
This category includes anyone requesting a B1/B2, F, M, J (academic only), H, L, or C1/D (combined only) visa.
The statement from the US embassy reads: “Effective March 1, 2023, the U.S. Mission 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.
“Increasing visa validity is one of several initiatives taken by the United States to reduce visa appointment wait times in Nigeria. The U.S. Mission continues to offer No-Interview Visa Renewals to those who meet the eligibility criteria. Appointments for No-Interview Visa Renewals are readily available.”