Yearly, thousands of Nigerians seek visas to enter the United States of America for various reasons ranging from tourism, education, visitation, business and so on.
Applying for a US visa may seem daunting if you have no idea how the system works.
The process is relatively simple and easy if you know how to proceed. The process is initiated by submitting your Visa application online through the US Department of State Consular Electronic Application Center. After which you will complete the US Visa Application and then attend an interview at the US Consulate General in Lagos or the Embassy in Abuja.
Types of US Visas
There are several types of visas available, each having specific requirements to be eligible. It is important to check your eligibility for any type of visa before filing your application.
The two commonly sought types of non-immigrant (visitor) visas are the Tourism (B-2) and Business (B-1) visas.
The B-2 Visitor Visa allows the holder to stay in the United States of America for up to six months at a time. It is usually valid for two years. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of return. The wait time for appointments can be up to two months, although the processing time for the application is usually between 5 to 15 days.
These times can vary depending on factors such as the type of application submitted, whether the application is complete or not, and also the volume of received applications received around that time.
How to Apply for a US Visa
Fill the DS-160 form and proceed to submit the visa application online through the official website of the US Department of State. Print out the barcode confirmation page.
Proceed to pay the non-refundable processing fee either online or over the counter at a bank. Keep the payment receipt as you will need it for your interview.
Book an appointment online or through the dedicated phone line (234) 1 440 6218.
The following are the documents you will need when making your appointment:
Your Passport Number.
Your fee payment receipt purchase date.
The 10-digit barcode number provided on your form DS-160 confirmation page.
US Visa Application Interview
Appointment can be attended at either the US Embassy in Abuja or the US Consulate General in Lagos. The following documents must be with you when going for the interview:
- Your current and previous passports
- Appointment confirmation letter
- Barcoded DS-160 confirmation page
- Receipt of the visa application fee
- A colour photograph that meets the photo requirements
- Other supporting documents that will aid the success of your application.
If your visa application is successful, your international passport with the visa will be delivered to the pick-up location you specified when you scheduled your appointment or couriered to your chosen address.
US Visa Fees
There is a non-refundable application fee of ₦57,680.00 (about $160) for business and tourist visas. Payments can be online or at any branch of GTBank.
Note that the application fees payable is subject to review and may be changed at any time at the discretion of the US embassy. It is important to check the official US embassy website for this information to have updated information before filing your application. You will be required to present your international passport when making payment at the bank.
Ensure that you collect your receipt after making payment as you will need to provide this as evidence of payment when you attend your interview.
US Visa Requirements
To apply for a US visa, the following documents are required. An original Nigerian passport with two blank pages for visa and entry stamps and is valid for at least six months after your return date.
- Previous passports (for travel history).
- Barcoded DS-160 form confirmation page.
- Appointment confirmation page.
- Two colour passports in line with the requirements for US Visa photo.
- Application fee payment receipt.
- Proof of funds such as bank statements, recent payslips, proof of assets and investments and so on.
- Supporting documents like invitation letters, letter of employment, provisional flight bookings, travel itinerary and so on.
Where to Apply for a US Visa
Applications for US visa can be submitted online through the US Department of State website. Upon successful application online, you will be required to attend a visa interview in person at the embassy in Abuja or the Consulate General in Lagos.
US Embassy in Abuja
Address: US Embassy, Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive Central District, Abuja, Nigeria
Telephone: (234) 9 461 4000
Open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm
United States Consulate General in Lagos
Address: US Consulate General, No 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, V. I Lagos, Nigeria
Telephone: (234) 1 460 3600
Open Monday to Thursday from 7am to 4pm and on Friday from 7am to 1pm
Courier service / Document Drop-Off Locations
If your visa application is successful, your passport will be sent back to you in one of two ways.
Pick-up From a DHL or VFS Collection Office.
Courier Delivery to Your Chosen Address.
While scheduling your visa interview, you will be able to choose a collection point for your passport and visa or opt for the courier service. A notification will be sent when your passport is ready for collection.
If you are required to submit additional documents for processing, you can drop them off at one of the DHL or VFS drop-off and collection offices.
The following are VFS Document Drop-Off Locations:
- 38 Lobito Crescent, Wuse II Abuja
- 16 Billings Way, Oregun Industrial Area, Ikeja, Lagos
- Block 94, Plot 23, Providence Street, Lekki, Lagos
- The following are DHL Document Drop-Off Locations:
- 63 Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent Wuse 11, Abuja
- New Airport road junction, Isolo, Lagos
- Apapa Oshodi Express Way
- Victoria Island, Lagos Plot 230
- Muri Okunola Street
- 16 Ahmadu Bello Way Sabon Gari, Kaduna
- 82 Trans Amadi Road, Port Harcourt.
The application process for a US visa in Nigeria is fairly straightforward only if you know the steps to take. The steps to follow and the requirements for a US visa application in Nigeria have been supplied in this article.