- “It took my friends three and a half weeks to get their Nigerian visas. It can take a while to get. I don’t believe it’s that hard though; this is my second time using this office. They are more pricey, but it’s not that difficult.
An American woman has narrated how she got a visa to travel to Nigeria only after a week of application – a process which took her friends close to a month due to the inefficiency of Nigerian officials.
Olivia (not real name), a missionary travelling to Nigeria, recounted how her visa processing cost a total of $850 (about N350,000), adding that it was a “miracle” the visa got through in one week.
According to the American Citizen, “It took my friends three and a half weeks to get their Nigerian visas. It can take a while to get. I don’t believe it’s that hard though; this is my second time using this office. They are more pricey, but it’s not that difficult. It’s a simple process,” she stated.
According to Olivia, “The first time it was hectic; if you are not providing the right documentations, that puts longer delay. God’s done it. The officials didn’t demand money as kickbacks. They have a good relationship with a travel agency.”
Olivia added that the visa showed up at her door in less than one week, surprisingly as against the kickbacks regime at the Nigerian Mission.
“My Nigerian visa story this time is; someone went to Washington. The agencies closed. She paid close to $350 but by the time she added travel and computer costs, it was close to $550. My visa came out to $850. That was the total amount spent. The travel agency has a good relationship with Nigeria. I got this Nigerian visa in less than a week. It is a miracle. It showed up at my door. Glory to God,” she narrated.
There have been widespread complaints about how Nigerian Mission officials in the US unnecessarily delay applications for visas in order to obtain kickbacks and other gratifications from the travellers.
This was coupled with the exorbitant fees Nigeria demanded from other nationals applying for its visa, whether from the US or elsewhere.
According to the Guardian in September 2019, the US had for almost two years complained officially to the Nigerian government about the exorbitant charges that its citizens had been compelled to pay for a Nigerian entry visa.
United States citizens pay as much as $270 for a single-entry visa. They are also charged $160 for consular services, another $100 for ‘administration’ and $10 for ‘processing’.
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