Amid the lingering forex (FX) scarcity in the country, commercial banks have announced that international school fees and upkeep requests through Form A will now be processed within 120 days.
The banks announced the new development in emails recently sent to their customers and seen by Daily Sun.
Form A is an application form designed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to pay for service transactions (invisible trade) like foreign tuition, training courses and medical bills.
Through this form, Nigerians who are studying abroad can access FX at the official rate rather than sourcing from the parallel market which is always significantly higher.
The process usually takes two to three weeks — depending on the application period. Furthermore, the banks have also cut the amount of dollars for personal travel allowance (PTA) and business travel allowance (BTA) to a maximum of twice annually per applicant to the tune of $2,000 per application.
Access Bank in a recent email sent to customers, said, “We value your relationship with us and would like to keep you informed on updates regarding our fulfillment of Form A request. PTA / BTA requests are now processed a maximum of twice annually per applicant to the tune of $2,000 per application where the request is within 14 days of the travel date.
International school fees and upkeep requests are processed within 120 days from the date of approval. All applications are processed and disbursed subject to FX availability, proper documentation, and provided the account to be debited is sufficiently funded to cover the Form A charge and other processing fees.
Kindly ensure your account is sufficiently funded to accommodate the value of the transaction and charges at the time of processing as any request not backed with an adequately funded account or the required documentation will be rejected and considered a new request upon re-submission. Updates on pending, approved or rejected Form A requests are duly posted and accessible on the Trade Monitoring System portal.”
Also, First Bank Plc told its customers that requests for foreign exchange would continue to be treated on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability of FX.
“Payment of PTA/BTA is subject to a maximum of $2,000.