Nigeria has been excluded from the pilot United States scheme of placing a $15,000 Visa Bond policy because travelers from the country do not fall among the threshold of those who overstay their visa limits included in the pilot scheme.
Under the new policy, visitors to the US from the affected countries including 15 African countries would have to pay up to $15,000 in bonds.
GWG gathered that the visa bond pilot scheme is targeting mostly countries with high visa overstay.
For the pilot scheme it was gathered that countries with 10% overstay was marked out to be enrolled. Though a high number of Nigerian visitors overstay their visa terms, the proportion it was gathered did not reach the threshold set for the pilot scheme.
The list of countries involved include: Afghanistan, Angola, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), Djibouti, Eritrea, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Laos, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen
A statement issued by the US Mission in Nigeria on the development said:
“In response to the April 2019 Presidential Memorandum on Combating
High Nonimmigrant Overstay Rates, the Department and our embassies and consulates overseas conducted an in-depth analysis to identify and address root causes of overstays.
“Among other efforts to address this challenge, the State Department is considering additional steps to address overstays, including piloting a limited visa bonds program to test, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the operational feasibility of posting, processing, and discharging visa bonds as means to ensure the timely departure from the United States of certain travelers. Accordingly, the State Department will begin a limited six-month visa bond pilot program beginning on December 24, 2020.
“We are committed to combating visa overstays and making sure travelers to the United States respect our laws. The implementation of this pilot builds on our engagement with foreign governments in recent years and will ensure continued progress to reduce overstay rates. Nigeria is not included in this six months pilot program”.