The British High Commission in Nigeria has announced that Nigerian Visa applicants will have to start paying for their Visa application fees in US Dollars from December 16, 2013.
This announcement comes barely five weeks after the British Government cancelled the controversial £3,000:00 visa bond for first time visitors announced earlier in the year.
One of the reasons given for the new payment measure is that it would reduce the risk of handling large sums.
In a statement signed by its press and public affairs officer, Mr Rob Fitzpatrick, the commission said: “From Dec. 16, 2013, all applications for U.K. visa must be completed using our online application system and paid for online in U.S. dollars.”
Fitzpatrick added that payment can be made using a Verve debit card, Visa or MasterCard credit or debit cards or the e-wallet PAGA.
The statement also said that the move to online application and payment will deliver a streamlined process. “It is also consistent with a wider global trend to online transactions and payments,” it said.
While expressing optimism that the application s system would cut costs in the management of visa operation as well as help to reduce visa fees, the commission added that the new system had met the requirements of the U.K. Government’s Digital by Default Initiative.