U.S. Officials Explain Transparent Visa Process (May 20, 2015)

visaprocesstour1 U.S. consular officials have assured Nigerian visa applicants that the visa application process is open and transparent.  As a result, the majority of Nigerian visa applicants are approved.

Country Consular Coordinator William Laidlaw and Abuja Consular Chief Stacie Hankins offered insights into the U.S. visa process to journalists from Channels Television, News Agency of Nigeria, Radio Nigeria, and Punchnewspaper, who received a tour of U.S. Embassy Abuja’s consular operations.   The tour gave the journalists an opportunity to observe the visa process and speak with applicants about their experiences after their visa interviews.

In a question and answer session with the journalists after the tour, Laidlaw and Hankins emphasized that each time a visa applicant comes for an interview s/he receives a “fresh and unbiased review.”  They reminded all applicants that accuracy is extremely important in the process.  “We encourage all applicants tovisaprocesstour2 review their applications to make sure that all of their information is correct and that the barcode number for their appointment matches the barcode number on their application,” the officers advised.

There are currently more than 7,000 Nigerian students studying in the U.S.  Tourist visa appointment wait time as of May 18, 2015 is three days for Abuja and eight days for Lagos.  Student visa appointment wait time as of May 18, 2015 is 1 day in both Abuja and Lagos.

Since October 1, 2014, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in Nigeria have received more than 138,000 visa applications for non-immigrant travel to the United States.  At the conclusion of fiscal year 2014 (ending on September 30, 2014), 66% of tourist visa applications were approved.

For more information on the visa processes including Frequently Asked Questions on Non-Immigrant Visas and student visas, visit the Consular web page.