U.S Nullifies Interview Waiver For Visa Applicants In Nigeria; See Why

There is no longer special treatment for Nigerians eyeing to renew their visas to go to the United States, as the United States embassy in Nigeria, has placed an indefinite suspension on its Dropbox service, which is also referred to an interview waiver. Consequently, as a Nigerian, if you are opting to renew your visas, with effect from Tuesday, May 14, 2019, you are expected to apply as a first-timer, which leaves you with no option but to attend the interview.

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More so, visa applications by DHL to go to the United States has been nullified. In a statement made available to the public, the United States Mission in Nigeria disclosed that it is now mandated for all applicants in Nigeria seeking a non-immigrant visa to the United States to apply online, and will be required to appear in person at the
U.S. Embassy.

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The statement read, “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.

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“All applicants in Nigeria seeking a non-immigrant 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. Processing of diplomatic and official (A, G, and NATO class) visa applications will continue unchanged. Mission Nigeria’s processing procedures are regularly reviewed in order to assess our ability to quickly, efficiently, and securely process visa applications. The U.S. Mission is taking this step to provide more efficient customer service and promote legitimate travel, and will continue to facilitate applications of established travelers to the best of its ability.”

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Meanwhile, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has called on European Union Mission to reduce the spate of Nigerian youths’ migration to member countries. In an interview held in Abuja, the minister said youths’ migration is no longer sustainable, adding that instead of youths leaving the country, the Federal Government want them to stay and invest in agriculture.

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