The United States Mission in Nigeria has revealed that Nigeria is not currently part of the pilot visa bond program.
TIME OF GIST recalls that, the Trump administration had introduced a new temporary policy issued to discourage nationals of some countries with higher visa overstay rates.
Under the new policy, visitors to the US from such countries may have to pay up to $15,000 in bonds.
The visa bond pilot program is said to target mostly African countries with high visa overstay — the visitors are believed to have entered the country legally on the student, tourist, work visas and then stay past their visa expiration date.
According to data from the DHS, almost 30,000 Nigerians overstayed their B1/B2 visas in 2018, ranking as the 5th country with the most visa overstays in the US.
This makes Nigeria the African country with the most visa overstays.