The United States Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos are processing a limited number of non-immigrant and immigrant visas.
The United States Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos are processing a limited number of non-immigrant and immigrant visas. In order to protect the health and safety of our personnel and the public, we follow strict social distancing practices in our facilities. All applicants must wear face masks in our applicant service centers and in our waiting room. Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever must reschedule their interview. Applicants may email firstname.lastname@example.org to reschedule their visa interview and if they have general questions about visa processing.
The U.S. Mission Nigeria is providing all consular services at reduced levels. The Department of State extended the validity of Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee payments until September 30, 2023 for individuals who paid an MRV fee, but were unable to schedule and/or attend an interview during the suspension of services.
If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng or +234-1-227-8955 to request an emergency appointment.
Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html
IMPORTANT NOTICE: A limited amount of no-interview visa renewals are now available. The U.S. Mission is expanding visa services to assist nonimmigrant visa applicants in Nigeria who qualify to renew their visa.
This new application procedure will begin in February at the U.S. Consulate in Lagos and will be extended shortly thereafter to the U.S. Embassy in Abuja. The number of qualified applicants who can apply using the new procedures will be limited initially.
You may be eligible for a visa renewal without an interview if your renewal application is for a B1/B2, F, M, J (academic only), H, L or C1/D (combined only) visa.
To determine if you are eligible for a visa renewal without an interview, please visit https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng to start your application.
Processing Time Tracker: 2 Months
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship or nationality.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.
Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States, but when planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.
For nonimmigrant visas, you can go directly to the online application for the DS-160; or for immigrant visas, directly to the USCIS site for the relevant forms. If you are unsure, please use the Visa Wizard below to help you determine your visa type.