US lifts drop box ban for Nigerian Visa Applicants
The ban on dropbox service or interview waivers for people renewing visas in Nigeria has been lifted by the US embassy in Nigeria.
In May 2019, the interview waiver for Nigerian applicants was revoked.
However, applicants must be renewing a visa of the same classification as their previous non-immigrant visa.
The embassy wrote in a statement on its site, "
“Right now, this service is only available to applicants renewing a B1/B2, C1/D, F, M or J, H and L visa. Applicants must satisfy all the following criteria for their visa class. If applying as a group or family, all members must fulfill all criteria to qualify for interview waiver."
“For B1/B2 or C1/D visa holders: the applicant must possess a full-validity B1/B2 or C1/D visa that expired within the past 24 months or will expire in the next three months.
“The applicant must be a citizen or resident of Nigeria. The applicant must not have been refused a visa since the issuance of the previous visa or had a visa revoked, or have ever required a waiver.
“The applicant possesses all issued passports covering the entire period since receiving the previous visa and the passport with the most recent visa.
“The applicant has never been arrested or convicted of any crime or offence in the United States, even if the applicant has later received a waiver or pardon.
“The applicant has never worked without authorization or remained beyond their permitted time in the United States. C1/D applicants must possess a letter from the employer outlining the scope, duration, and location of the anticipated work.”
The same criteria also apply to Lagos F or M visa holders and Abuja applicants with F1/F2 visas, while for J visa holders, the embassy said the visa must be for academic purposes.
“The applicant’s DS-2019 must be for an academic program (not summer work travel, au pair, or camp counselor,” it said.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.