Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

U.S issues new visa guidelines for Nigeria

Visa applicants up for renewal in Nigeria are now to appear in persons as the United States Embassy in Nigeria has foreclosed waivers for renewals effective Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

In a press release by the embassy made available to The WHISTLER, said the “Dropbox” process has been suspended indefinitely without giving any reason.

The press release reads:

“Effective at the close of business today, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the U.S. Mission to Nigeria is indefinitely suspending interview waivers for renewals, otherwise known as the “Dropbox” process.  Visa applications will no longer be accepted by DHL in Nigeria.  Those who have already submitted their passports via “Dropbox” to DHL for processing either at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, or the Consulate General in Lagos, will not be impacted by this change.

“All applicants in Nigeria seeking a nonimmigrant visa to the United States must apply online, and will be required to appear in-person at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or U.S. Consulate General in Lagos to submit their application for review. Applicants must appear at the location they specified when applying for the visa renewal.”

The embassy however stated that “processing of diplomatic and official (A, G, and NATO class) visa applications will continue unchanged.”

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