Stella Dimoko President Trump Reportedly Imposes $15,000 Visa Bond For Visitors From Nigeria And Other Countries


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

President Trump Reportedly Imposes $15,000 Visa Bond For Visitors From Nigeria And Other Countries

A new temporary rule that could require tourist and business travellers from a dozen African countries, including Nigeria, to pay a bond from $5,000 to $15,000 to visit the United States, will take effect from 24 December...

Other countries whose tourist and business travellers could be subject to the bond requirement are those from Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sudan, Chad, Angola, Burundi, Djibouti and Eritrea.

Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iran, Syria, Laos and Yemen are also listed.

Nigerian travellers will have to pay the bond as some categories of visitors overshot the threshold of 10 percent and above overstaying rate.

Overall, out of 177,835 Nigerians who visited the US in 2019, the overstaying rate was between 9.45-9.88 percent.

A total of 17,566 overstayed. Out of the figure, 764 departed late and 16,802 stayed in the country.

But in other classifications, 11.12 percent of 9,336 Nigerian non-immigrant and exchange visitors overstayed.

Another 13.67 percent of in-scope nonimmigrant visitors also overstayed same year.

The U.S. State Department said the temporary final rule, which takes effect Dec. 24 and runs through June 24, targets countries whose nationals have higher rates of overstaying B-2 visas for tourists and B-1 visas for business travellers.

The Trump administration said the six-month pilot program aims to test the feasibility of collecting such bonds and will serve as a diplomatic deterrence to overstaying the visas.

Trump, who lost a re-election bid earlier this month, made restricting immigration a central part of his four-year term in office.

President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, has pledged to reverse many of the Republican president’s immigration policies, but untangling hundreds of changes could take months or years.

Biden’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment related to the visa bond requirement, Reuters reported.

The visa bond rule will allow U.S. consular officers to require tourist and business travellers from countries whose nationals had an “overstay rate” of 10% or higher in 2019 to pay a refundable bond of $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.

Twenty-four countries meet that criteria, including 15 African countries.

While those nations had higher rates of overstays, they sent relatively few travellers to the United States.

Historically, U.S. consular officers have been discouraged from requiring travellers to the United States to post a bond, with State Department guidance saying processing of the bonds would be “cumbersome,” the temporary rule said.

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report on that fiscal year shows the worst offenders were typically from Chad (44.94 percent), Djibouti (37.91 percent), and Mauritania (30.49 percent). In fact, 15 of the 24 countries above 10 percent are in Africa.

But the list also includes Iran at 21.64 percent and Afghanistan at 11.99 percent, as well as Bhutan and Laos.

The DHS report counted more than 422,000 instances of overstays in fiscal year 2019 by business and tourism visitors, including those who came through the Visa Waiver Program and those who did not.

The planned pilot period into June is an effort to discourage overstays and to test a system for collecting the de facto deposits on leaving.

from pmnewsnigeria


  1. There is also plan in place for Trump's administration to tow the path of raising executive order to put a stop to birthright citizenship within the next few days or so.
    Keeps getting interesting.
    January 20 is almost here.

    1. Just wondering why he is being so vindictive and revengeful. Na we say make them no vote for am? Although I am not surprised if his pedigree is anything to go by, he is likely to be angry at mostly blacks and immigrants for his woes and most likely wanting to also bite back at them.

      The Lord is our stay

  2. But why would almost 18000 Nigerians apply for visit and stay back, isn't that breaking the rules.
    Anywhere in the world, overstay of visas is a felony.
    The irony is that once you depart on your due date, it makes it easier for you to get multiple visas.
    And when one overstays, it make is harder to get a visa next time, even to European countries.

    1. Nigerians don’t care about that... they don’t want to risk going back the right time and then possibly not being able to get another visa due to any rule changes... and anyways 99% of those that visit see how life is relatively easier with constant light, good roads, affordable food., good transport links etc they actually would rather stay at all costs. They won’t even care about being blinding rich, most Nigerians just want a very comfortable life with good amenities

    2. @14:00
      Food is not as affordable as you think in the USA. Ask or check online for prices.

    3. Food is very affordable in the US. There are very cheap categories if you want.

    4. @14:39, food prices went up due to this whole pandemic. Even at that, it’s not so much and we’re still able to shop conveniently without breaking the bank.

    5. @14:39. Actually, it is. Both in the UK and US. If you factor in minimum wage, salary and all.
      I earn roughly £4K pounds a month and I pay £1.67 for 1kg of chicken wings in Tesco.
      When I was in nigeria, In 2009, I was earning N150k a month in Zenith bank and was still paying around N800-1k for 1kg chicken wings.

      Add that to the increased standard of living, reduced stress etc.

    6. As in eh, I don't like when people do that cos it spoils things for others who genuinely want to visit and return. And even for students who want to study. It just makes getting visa for legit purposes difficult.

    7. They enjoy good standard of living but are not ready to institute it in their own country. Funny.

  3. utterly annoying. see how some people just spoil stuff for others. visited America last 2017, make we see how things dey play before i visit again. though the bond is refundable that is a lot of money

  4. Biden, I hope u overturn all of this rubbish this monster keeps doing.

  5. Where are those Nigerians that were holding vigil praying for Trump to win

    1. My sister sent me a hilarious video of a pastor sending angels to go stamp for trump 🀣 πŸ˜‚

  6. Inasmuch as it was the right of one to support another but majority Africans that supported Trump knew nothing of his policy on Africa.

    Let him go face his tax and sexual cases in court.

    Good riddance to bad mouthing every one with opposite view

  7. Sore loser. To think some Nigerians were praying for his reelection, smh Make e park well Abeg.

  8. People holding vigil for him how market

  9. A Naija person is working behind the scenes to show them how to block others from entering! Trump supporters in America don’t want their people to come in. Meanwhile Trump is born of immigrant parents. German Father and Scottish mother! And you wonder why he got the boot! Live and let line no dey his dictionary. Na worship me! worship me !worship me! Hitler cousin! What do you expect! I experedit!


  11. Correction ! Liberia not Nigeria. @Iyke is correct


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