Many Nigerians have plans of traveling out of the country. The majority who travel have a higher level of education almost more than that of the American citizens. About 50%- 60% of Nigerians who travel to America are college graduates, but for the Americans, it’s quite less.
Nigerians/ Americans have both contributed to America’s arts and letters, from policy to poetry. ImeIme Umana, the first woman of color to be president of the Harvard Law Review, and renowned writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are the two prominent Nigerian-Americans.
In the year 2020, former President Donald Trump included Nigeria among the countries whose residents were prohibited from immigrating to the United States.
The next year, President Joe Biden changed the ban on his first day of resumption to office. While Covid-19 was still affecting immigration, the legal bans on immigrating from Nigeria to the United States were stopped.
In this article, you will learn about the easiest way to get a visa from Nigeria.
There is a united states embassy in Abuja but only the U.S. Consulate in Lagos processes immigrant visas. The consulate follows Covid-19 protocols and is presently giving few frequently visa services.
From June 2021, booking for an appointment became necessary. The consulate Contact information is United States Consulate General Lagos Office, 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.
♠ Telephone number: +234 1 227 8955
♠ Fax: +234 1 261 9856
♠ Email: For complains on immigration: LagosIV@state.gov
For complains on student visa: LagosStudentVisas@state.gov
There are practically four paths to immigrate from Nigeria, and all have their requirements which must be met.
♠ Family visa
♠ Student visa
♠ Work visa
♠ investment visa
In June 2021, the immigrant visa unit of the consulate started prioritizing the following applicants, per the Consulate’s website:
1.Adoptions: appointments for adopted children of U.S. citizens
2.Spouses and children of U.S. citizens
Below are the major process for applying for an immigrant visa from Nigeria;
The very first step to follow is filling the form for the type of visa you are applying for and create account online.
You start by filling the form for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the right kind of visa. If the Application is approved, they will send it to the National Visa Center (NVC), which is a department under the State Department. They will continue with the application process.
The NVC will send a correspondence with some instructions, on how you can create a profile at the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) to follow up visa applications. Other processes are carried out here including visa payment fee.
When a petition has been accepted by the NVC, and transferred to the CEAC, the process is managed online through the CEAC.
When the Application gets in the CEAC system you will receive an invitation. Immediately you receive an interview date, fix a medical exams. Every person who applied is expected to seat for a medical examination in Lagos. This can only be done by professional doctors certified by the united states Consulate there.
You are to come with the following documents to the medical examination:
♠ Five (5) recently taken passport-sized color photographs
♠ Immunization records
♠ Visa interview letter
♠ DS-260 confirmation page
Applicants are told to complete medical examination for at least 14 days from beginning to the end as stated by the embassy. Make sure you fix your examination date at least three months prior to the immigrant visa interview at the embassy.
Prepare for the interview.
The NVC will notify you of the documents you need to come with for the interview. The embassy office won’t be able to complete an application process, without the particular documents. If you don’t have the documents in the course of the interview, it might delay the whole process.
Make sure you attend the interview once a date is fixed.
Once you are done with the interview, if the visa is approved it will be printed on a page in your passport. Normally a date is given when the visa will expire, and it’s issued before the expiration date. With the visa you can now work and live in the U.S.
Although having the visa doesn’t mean you can be granted access to travel to the United states. The Department of Homeland Security are in charge to authorize you, or give the approval to either enter or deny you entrance to the United States.
When applying for a visa it’s important you follow every step one after the other so you stand a chance of getting a visa. Goodluck!
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