In a renewed effort to enhance customer service and offer efficient visa processing to members of the public, the U.S. Mission in Abuja on November 25, hosted a press conference led by Stacie Hankins, Consular Chief, announcing new changes to non-immigrant visa process and the designation of Port Harcourt as a new visa collection center. The Port Harcourt center has commenced operations since November 8.
In her opening remarks, Stacie said effective December 1, 2014, the U.S. Mission to Nigeria will require that the DS-160 non-immigrant visa application confirmation number used to schedule visa interviews match the application confirmation page that is brought to the interview. She added that “applicants who do not meet this criterion will not be interviewed and will have to purchase a new fee receipt to book another appointment.”
On the new document collection center in Port Harcourt, the Consular Chief said visa applicants who interview in Lagos or Abuja can now choose to pick up their passports in Port Harcourt. Likewise, U.S. visa applicants can now submit their passports to the Port Harcourt collection center for processing as part of the U.S. Mission to Nigeria’s drop box renewal program.
A large section of the media both in Lagos and Abuja participated in the press conference.