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Is there a BTA law in Nigeria For US Citizens or is that B

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Is there a BTA law in Nigeria For US Citizens or is that Bogus
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Georgetown Lawyer replied 6 years ago.
Thank you for allowing me to assist you. If there is a delay in my reply, I am helping others but WILL reply to you asap. Thanks for your patience.....have you met this person before or just online?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

No Online she is an American Citizen I know that for Sure has a US passport , and Valid ID , US Immigration in Nigeria Won't Help her, She was in an accident that I Know For sure from the Surgeon That I checked out and the hospital that checked out , her purse and belonging stolen at the scene , needed surgery , an officer at the airport had agreed to $150.00 BTA from a $1000.00 to let her go now they want a 1000.00 or else they wont let her go I ask her to call interpol she is afraid for her life that might rape her as she no one else and went to claim her fathers assets from the lawyer there that gave her a hard time as well. Question is if she is leaving the country why does she need to have money on hand she is coming to CALIF to Me and I will Hire Her as she is a CPA and worked for her fathers construction Company here in OHIO. She Owns a home in Ohio and several Cars

I will pay whatever it takes to get her out but not to the Nigerians



Expert:  Georgetown Lawyer replied 6 years ago.
Steve, do you know I have heard this story too many times to count? u.s. citizen in some foreign country, normally Africa and has an accident on the way to the airport, wallet stolen, etc. there is no such thing as a BTA and I'm sorry Steve but this is a scam. I am sure the records all look real and you spoke to people, etc or they gave you names of real people that you could check out but none of it is real and you should not send any money to anyone. I do not mean to talk bad about anyone you care about but I can only tell you my experience and knowledge and you can be your own judge.

Unfortunately, this question is now appearing daily on this site. It always involves someone in Africa, the UK, Russia, ...fill in the country, claiming that they have to pay a BTA or some travel allowance or need some money to have on them to come to the u.s. There is no such requirement and it is a big scam. So please do not send any money. I do not care how believable this person seems, there is no such requirement.
Beware of anyone who requests funds for a BTA, or Basic Travel Allowance, as a requirement to depart another country for the United States. There is no such thing as a BTA. In other cases, your Internet friend will claim to need a travel allowance, or travel money, to be able to travel to the United States. Again, there is no such requirement under U.S. law.

Here is a link to one of the u.s. embassy web sites on this issue:

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Thank You for Clarifying this.

Steve Shayan

Expert:  Georgetown Lawyer replied 6 years ago.
You're welcome Steve and thanks for not getting mad at me. :)