The US Mission has said that Nigeria is not included in the US pilot visa bond program.
The US Mission in Nigeria made this known in a statement on its website on Tuesday.
The outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump had issued a new temporary rule for African tourists.
The new rule could require tourists and business travelers from some countries, most in Africa, to post a bond of up to $ 15,000 to visit the United States.
The U.S. State Department said the temporary final rule, which takes effect on December 24 and runs through June 24, targets countries whose citizens have higher rates of 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 Excess Stay Rates, the Department and our embassies and consulates abroad conducted an in-depth analysis to identify and address the root causes of the excessive stays.
Among other efforts to address this challenge, the State Department is considering additional steps to address excessive stays, including piloting a limited visa voucher program to prove, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, the feasibility operation of publishing, processing, and canceling the visa vouchers as a means to ensure the timely departure of certain travelers from the United States.
Accordingly, the Department of State will begin a limited six-month visa voucher pilot program beginning on December 24, 2020.
“We are committed to combating visa overstay and making sure travelers to the United States respect our laws.
“The implementation of this pilot builds on our commitment to foreign governments in recent years and will ensure continued progress in reducing overstay rates. Nigeria is not included in this six-month pilot program. “
Source: – Punch ng