General visa questions may be directed via e-mail to the State Department by emailing ConsularAbuja@state.gov. Please indicate the subject of your inquiry on the subject line (e.g., student visa, visitor visa, worker visa, etc.)
Specific inquiries on Immigrant Visa cases in progress should contact the Consulate in Lagos at 234-1-4603400 or LagosIV@state.gov.
Further information is available at http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html.
For information specific to student visas, please see http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1270.html, which contains complete information about the additional requirement for students, including I-20 forms, financial backing, student qualifications and electronic verification of admission.
The following items are not permitted on the premises of the United States Consulate:
Weapons of any kind or size, sharp metal or glass objects, razor blades, liquids, bottles, powdery substances, umbrellas and electronic or battery-operated equipment (including cell phones, radios, tape recorders, cameras, personal digital assistants, computers). If you have any of these items, you will not be permitted to enter the facility.
The Economic Sections of the U.S. Embassy, Abuja and the Consulate General, Lagos are responsible for a broad range of economic policy issues. In coordination with other U.S. Government agencies and under the guidance of the Chief of Mission (Ambassador or Charge d`Affaires), the Economic Sections covers:
- the broad range of Nigeria’s economy;
- crafts analytical reports on economic and social developments;
- serves as liaison or point of contact among various economic stakeholders;
- and briefs public and private sector entities on a wide range of economic topics.
The Sections provide information and policy advice to the Chief of Mission and to the U.S. Department of State.
The officers assigned to the Economic Sections in both the Embassy and the Consulate General interacts closely with:
- the Nigerian Government,
- the private sector,
- and other economic players on a number of bilateral and multilateral trade, finance, investment, transportation, environmental, and social issues.
The Economic section works closely with other Mission offices – especially the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Section and the U.S. Department of Energy – to promote U.S. commercial interests in Nigeria.
Some of the many issues handled by the Economic section include:
- Economic and Financial Reform
- Promotion of the Rule of Law
- Macro- and Micro-Economic Analysis
- Bilateral Trade and Investment
- U.S.-Nigeria Energy Relations
- Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
- Development of U.S.-Nigeria Business Ties
- Multilateral Trade
- Development Assistance
- Civil Aviation and other Transport Issues
- Structural Reforms, including Banking, Housing, Education, Healthcare and other Social Services
- Labor, Workplace and Employment
Among the Sections’ key functions are:
- the promotion of closer economic ties between the United States and Nigeria; encouragement of Nigeria’s economic development through fundamental economic policy reforms;
- advocacy on behalf of U.S. companies seeking assistance in Nigeria;
- broad support for an improved trade and investment climate in Nigeria;
- and assistance for U.S. Government agencies in conducting routine cooperative programs in Nigeria.
Section officers also encourage:
Nigerians to exploit the terms offered by the recently launched African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA);
- promote strengthening of Nigeria’s civil aviation program;
- advocate development of Nigeria’s financial and capital markets;
- support sustainable and efficient operation of Nigeria’s oil, gas, and power sectors;
- and stress to key constituencies the importance for Nigeria of transparent and balanced rule of law and greater sanctity of contracts.
Abuja Contact: Economic Counselor
Lagos Contact: Head of Economic Section
U.S. Government Links
- U.S. Department of Commerce
- Foreign Commercial Service
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Treasury
- U.S. Department of Energy and Energy Information Agency
- U.S. Agency for International Development
- United States Trade Representative
- The Export-Import Bank of the United States
- U.S. Trade and Development Agency
- Foreign Trade Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau
- Millenium Challenge Corporation(MCC)
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Foreign Agricultural Service
The Foreign Agriculture Service FAS) of the U.S. Embassy is the overseas arm of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). FAS Lagos has regional responsibilities for Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Benin and Cameroon.
FAS Lagos offers a variety of services to U.S. and Nigerian agribusiness companies, government and non-government entities involved in agricultural trade and development. Read more about FAS.
Programs & Activities
Cochran Fellowship Program
provides U.S.-based agricultural training opportunities for senior and mid-level specialists and administrators from public and private sectors.
(For details, please visit: http://www.fas.usda.gov/programs/cochran-fellowship-program)
Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program
helps developing countries strengthen sustainable agricultural practices by providing short-term scientific training. (Please visit: http://www.fas.usda.gov/programs/borlaug-fellowship-program)
Faculty Exchange Program
brings qualified agricultural educators from progressive agricultural universities in to the United States to increase their knowledge of, and ability to teach and perform research in, agricultural science subjects such as animal and plant health. (For details please visit: http://www.fas.usda.gov/programs/faculty-exchange-program)
Market Reports and Trade Data
- Exporter Guide (Nigeria) (PDF 438 KB)
- Exporter Guide (Ghana) (PDF 64 KB)
- Food & Agricultural Import Regulations & Standards (FAIRS) Country Report (Nigeria) (PDF 106 KB)
- FAIRS Country Report (Ghana) (PDF 442 KB)
- Ghana’s Food Service Sector Report (PDF 90 KB)
- Retail Food Market Sector Report – Nigeria (PDF 317 KB)
More Market Reports (Nigeria):
U.S. Trade Data
Information on U.S. export sales, by commodity and country of destination, updated weekly.
Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS)
Trade data from U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division.
Production, Supply, and Distribution (PS&D)
Official USDA data on production, supply, and distribution of agricultural commodities for the United States…
For details visit: http://www.fas.usda.gov/data
Trade Events & Activities for 2012
HACCP Certification Workshop
The Office of Capacity Building and Development of the United States Department of Agriculture gladly invite you to participate at its Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification workshop… by HACCP Consulting Group, L.L.C., Virginia, USA — Protea Hotel, Ikeja-Lagos, August 13-15, 2012. Contact our office for details.
USDA Offers GSM-102 Credit Guarantees For Export Sales to Africa and Middle East Region:
The GSM-102 program helps ensure that credit is available to finance commercial exports of U.S. agricultural products to developing countries…including Nigeria. Participating banks for this program in Nigeria include: First Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Diamond Bank, United Bank for Africa and Ecobank.
For more information please visit: http://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/ecgp.asp
Interested in Buying U.S. Agricultural and Food Products?
Please contact our office for guidance.
Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC)
ODC is a joint-service office assigned to facilitate US government and industry national interests within the Nigerian defense environment. Additionally, the office supports the US foreign military sales program with Nigeria which involves technical education and defense equipment for Nigerian forces.
The goal of the ODC is to build a strong US-Nigerian relationship through the security assistance program, enhancing Nigeria through the use of military familiarization, education, equipment, and technology coordinated with diplomatic instruments to promote interoperability and ensure stability within the country.”
Contact: ODC Chief
The State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, represented in Nigeria by the Attaché for Law Enforcement Assistance, provides a variety of assistance to Nigerian agencies involved in law enforcement activities. This assistance includes, but is not limited to, training and equipment for the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, the Nigerian Police Force, Nigeria Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Immigration and Customs. The office also funds training programs conducted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S.-operated International Law Enforcement Academy in Botswana. The primary focus is on narcotics interdiction, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering, and police reform.
Office of the Legal Attaché
The mission of the FBI’s Legal Attaché Program is to establish and maintain liaison with principal law enforcement and intelligence/security services in designated foreign countries. This liaison enables the FBI to effectively and expeditiously meet its international responsibilities in organized crime, international terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, and general criminal matters. The Legal Attaché’s Office supports the operational needs in Lagos, Nigeria with regional coverage of Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principle and Togo. The liaison activities performed by the Legal Attachés are essential to the successful fulfillment of the international responsibilities of the FBI and United States interests. Liaising is carried out in accordance with executive order, statute, Attorney General Guidelines, and FBI policies.
US Consulate General
2, Walter Carrington Crescent
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Telephone: (234)-1-261-0050, 261-0078
Contact: Legal Attaché: 011-234-1-261-0050 ext 319
Federal Bureau of Investigation: http://www.fbi.gov/
FBI Overseas Offices: http://www.fbi.gov/contact/legat/legat.htm
Wanted by the FBI: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted.htm
The Political Section is responsible for current and long-term reporting and analysis on Nigeria including domestic and international political affairs. The Political Section maintains contacts with Nigerian governmental ministries and agencies, as well as with other diplomatic missions assigned to Nigeria. The current concerns involve human rights, the labor movement and the slow progress toward democratization.
Public Affairs Section
Public Affairs Offices of the U.S. Mission to Nigeria
- Engages Nigerians of all walks of life.
- Empowers Nigerians to understand American life and culture.
- Educates Nigerians about issues of mutual concern.
- Enriches the dialogue between American citizens and institutions and their counterparts in Nigeria.
- Listens to Nigerians about their concerns toward the U.S.
- Informs Nigerians about U.S. policies in Nigeria.
- Improves understanding between Nigeria and the U.S.
- Evaluates public affairs programs for their effectiveness in reaching Nigerians.
Cultural Affairs Specialists bring notable U.S. speakers and specialists to Nigeria to discuss issues of mutual concern. We organize seminars, symposia, and cultural programs. We are responsible for several exchange programs that send Nigerians to the U.S. and bring Americans to Nigeria for educational and professional exchanges. (more)
To find out more about how you can participate in the Fulbright Program, Humphrey Fellowship, Youth Leadership, Study of the U.S. Institutes, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Study in the U.S.
The Educational Advising Centers in Abuja and Lagos assist students to study in the U.S. Educational advisers counsel students on how to identify U.S. colleges and universities and how to apply for admissions and U.S. visas. (more)
Information Resource Centers
The Information Resource Centers (IRC) are reference/research library that provide comprehensive and authoritative information on the United States.
IRC reference specialists help you find facts and answers, keep you up to date, and empower you to help yourself…
Become a member today! It’s free. (more)
The Information Section engages the Nigerian print and electronic media to explain U.S. policies toward Nigeria.
We issue press releases and conduct press briefings.
We monitor Nigerian news to inform Washington policymakers about developments in Nigeria.
- Ambassadorial Speeches
Email contact information:
Media issues InformationOffice@state.gov
American Corners are partnerships between the U.S. Embassy and the host institution.
In American Corners you will find the collected literature of America’s best writers. (more)
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
PEPFAR is a US government fund to combat AIDS by injecting 15 billion American dollars over a 5 year period. (more)