In a proclamation, the U.S. mission said that the restricted half year visa bond experimental run program, starting Dec. 24, 2020, influenced 15 African nations, barring Nigeria.
The 15 African nations influenced are Angola, Liberia, Libya, Burkina Faso, Congo, Djibouti, Burundi, Eritrea, Mauritania, Gambia, Susan, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Principe and Cape Verde.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) visa bond programme will require applicants for tourist and business visas from some African countries to pay up to $15,000 bond (country dependent) in addition to visa fees.
“The Department and our embassies and consulates overseas conducted an in-depth analysis to identify and address root causes of overstays.
“The State Department is considering additional steps to address overstays, including piloting a limited visa bonds program to test the operational feasibility of posting, processing, and discharging visa bonds as means to ensure the timely departure from the United States of certain travelers.
“This is in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),” the statement read.
“The implementation of this pilot builds on our engagement with foreign governments in recent years and will ensure continued progress to reduce overstay rates,” the U.S mission said.