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US Embassy Increases Nigerian Visa Fee Application, Blames Nigerian Government

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In a statement by The United States Embassy in Nigeria says effective from Thursday, August 29, 2019, Nigerians applying for tourism, student and business visas will not only pay the N59, 200 fee but will have to pay an extra $110 (N40, 700) after the visa has been issued to them bringing the total cost to N99, 900.

Applicants seeking the L1 Visa (work permit) will pay an extra N112, 100 if given visas while those applying for H4 Visa (dependency/spousal) will pay an extra N66, 600.

The US Embassy adopts the rate of N370/$1 for Nigerians which is higher than both the official rate and the black market rate.

This move is a retaliation to  Nigeria’s visa fee application to US citizens.

“US law requires US visa fees and validity periods to be based on the treatment afforded to US citizens by foreign governments, insofar as possible. Visa issuance fees are implemented under the principle of reciprocity: when a foreign government imposes additional visa fees on US citizens, the United States will impose reciprocal fees on citizens of that country for similar types of visas.

“The total cost for a US citizen to obtain a visa to Nigeria is currently higher than the total cost for a Nigerian to obtain a comparable visa to the United States. The new reciprocity fee for Nigerian citizens is meant to eliminate that cost difference.

“Since early 2018, the US government has engaged the Nigerian government to request that the Nigerian government change the fees charged to US citizens for certain visa categories. After 18 months of review and consultations, the government of Nigeria has not changed its fee structure for U.S. citizen visa applicants, requiring the US Department of State to enact new reciprocity fees in accordance with our visa laws.

“The reciprocity fee will be required for all Nigerian citizens worldwide, regardless of where they are applying for a non-immigrant visa to the United States. The reciprocity fee is required for each visa that is issued, which means both adults and minors whose visa applications are approved will be charged the reciprocity fee. The fee can only be paid at the US Embassy or the US Consulate General. The reciprocity fee cannot be paid at banks or any other location.”

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Donald Trump Has Been Impeached

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The House voted 230-197  on Wednesday to charge Trump with abuse of power. The house also will immediately continue vote on the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress.

President Trump becomes the third US president in history to be impeached.

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Church Robbery: Police Demands Bribe Before Action Also Threatens Church

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A church in Ogba area of Lagos was allegedly robbed during a vigil service by three men. Two escaped while one was apprehended.

The robber was then taken to the police station but upon getting there, the police officers demanded down payment of N20,000 before the case could be attended to. The parishioner left refusing to pay the bribe to the police officers.  But the next day, three officers visited the church threatened to return the thief and even arrested the parishioner for not giving them the bribe of N20,000 demanded. (more…)

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Ex-Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu Sentenced To 12 Years Imprisonment

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Former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by the  federal high court in Lagos after being found guilty on all 39-count charged against him.

Kalu, 59, was convicted of fraud of N7.65billion when he was governor of the state between 1999 and 2007.

Also, the court has ordered the forfeiture of all assets of his company, SLOK to the federal government.

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