Frequently Asked Questions


Before the Interview:

Effective February 21, 2020 – Presidential Proclamation 9983 suspends the issuance of immigrant visas to Nigerians, except to Special Immigrants whose eligibility for a visa is based on having provided assistance to the U.S. Government.  Applicants may still attend an interview for an immigrant visa in order to present evidence that they are eligible for an immigrant visa.  A consular officer will then determine whether an applicant who is otherwise eligible for a visa and subject to the Proclamation is excepted from the Proclamation or eligible for a waiver.  There is no separate application for an exception or waiver. For more information on exceptions and waivers related to PP 9983 click here.

Once NVC has sent you a letter indicating that your file is complete that means it has been sent to Lagos. Once the Consulate receives the petition, applicants will be contacted and scheduled for their interview in the order the petition was received. This process can take several months. You must wait for the appointment letter to be sent to you but you can expect to receive your appointment letter several weeks before your appointment date is scheduled to give you enough time to get your medical and police reports finalized.

 

Download Packet Four (PDF 369KB) or the preparatory packet for K1/K3 visas (PDF 538KB) form. You may view and download the DS-260 by clicking here. If you are not able to download the forms from the website, email us at LagosIV@state.gov to request that we send you Packet Four or the K1/K3 preparatory packet.

All immigrant visa interviews take place at the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos. We are located at 2 Walter Carrington Crescent on Victoria Island.

Nigerians are no longer eligible for the Diversity Visa Lottery. Only people that were born outside of Nigeria or have parents that were born outside of Nigeria are eligible for the Diversity Visa. If you were born in Nigeria to Nigerian born parents – you are not eligible for the visa lottery.

If you have been receiving documentation from the National Visa Center, then most likely you have already paid the visa fee. If not, the current IV fee is $325 per applicant, regardless of age. All K-1 and K-3 visas must pay a $265 immigrant visa application fee. You may not ‘mix’ payments and pay for one fee in both Naira and USD.

In order to travel on your immigrant visa, you must have a valid medical and police report. The Consulate recommends getting your medical and police report 2 weeks before your scheduled appointment at the Consulate. The medical report is only valid for 6 months and must be valid in order for you to travel. The police report is valid for 1 year.

Medical Examination – All visa applicants must have a completed medical report from a designated medical facility (the list of facilities is available here) before they are eligible for an interview. Medical reports from other medical centers will not be accepted. A Medical Report is valid for six months from the date of the physical. Your medical report must still be valid by the time you travel, so you must plan accordingly. If your medical report will expire near the time of your interview, you are requested to get a new medical report completed to avoid slowing down the processing of your case. Click here for information for the medical report.

Dr. Alexandra Anga
The Consultant Practice
The Children’s Practice
25 Raymond Njoku
Ikoyi, Lagos
Telephone: 01-893-0723,
01-461-1941
Cell: 0706-585-9845
consultantspractice@yahoo.com
Dr. Ade Alakija
Q-Life Family ClinicPlot 155A Prince Ade Odedina Street
Off Ajose Adeogun
Victoria Island
Lagos, Nigeria
Telephone: 01-629-0365
Cell: 0809-974-2000,
0811-397-5433
www.qlifefamilyclinic.com
Dr. Aden Guliye
Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC)
International Organization for Migration (IOM)No. 55, Hassan Musa Katsina Road
(at the junction of Hassan Musa Katsina Road and J-K Gadzama Street), Asokoro, Abuja, FCT
Tel: 08072191122, 08095637898, 08085221427, 07032898491
iomabujamedicalbooking@iom.int
Online booking: https://mymedical.iom.int/omas/#_frmHome
Dr. Samuel Baghuma
Migration Health Assessment Center (MHAC), Lagos
International Organization for Migration (IOM)1, Isaac John Street (At the Corner of Isaac John Street and Oduduwa Way), GRA Ikeja, Lagos, NigeriaTel: 0807-219-1112, 0802-226-4059, 0909-215-6079iomlagosmedicalbooking@iom.int

Police Report – All visa applicants must have a completed police report from ALL countries in which he or she has lived for more than six months when they were over the age of 16. It is the applicant’s responsibility to collect these reports from every country in which he or she has lived. The police report is valid for one year and must be valid by the time you travel, so plan accordingly. Click here for additional information on where to obtain a police report. Please follow these instructions to facilitate the issuance of your Nigeria Police Clearance Certificate.

  1. Submit your passport in person to the Nigerian Police Service commission at Alagbon Close, Ikoyi
  2. Pay the required fee and take the receipt to the Office of Inspector General at Alagbon Close, Ikoyi
  3. Collect your Nigerian Police Clearance Certificate and take it to your visa interview. The certificate should be ready in approximately two weeks, but please allow time for unforseen delays.

The Department of State publishes a list of current priority dates every month in the Visa Bulletin, which is available at: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin.html

The Affidavit of Support is required by all applicants (except Diversity Visa applicants) which includes the appropriate version of Form I-864 (https://www.uscis.gov/i-864) and either an IRS Tax Transcript or both the Tax Return/Form 1040 AND the W-2  from the principle applicant and joint sponsor (if necessary). It is required for ALL applicants to demonstrate that the immigrant is not likely to become a public charge while in the United States. A downloaded or scanned photocopy of the Affidavit of Support (I-864) is also acceptable. You can check the poverty guidelines here (PDF 232KB) – if the petitioner makes LESS than the minimum for their Household size, they MUST get a joint sponsor to also submit an Affidavit of Support along with their most recent tax return.

Packet 4 is information that you will need for your interview. You were sent the Packet 4 in your initial correspondence. If you do not have Packet 4, you can email LagosIV@state.giv to request that the Packet 4 be sent to you.


During the Interview:

All people who will be receiving an immigration benefit must be in attendance for their interview.

There are many documents that you will need to bring; below is a list of what is required:

  • Valid medical report from one of the approved doctors (the list of facilities is available here [PDF 224KB] )
  • Valid police report
  • Affidavit of Support
    • You will also need to include the most recent tax records from the petitioner
  • Two color passport photos, showing the applicant’s full face against a white background, are required for the interview.
  • Photographs showing you with the petitioner over different periods of time to present as evidence of the relationship
  • Original Documents – including but not limited to:
    • Marriage certificates
    • Birth certificates
    • Divorce certificates
    • Adoption certificates
    • Death certificates
    • Chats from social media (DO NOT copy them into a word document – they MUST be printed directly from the site)
    • Phone records showing both phone numbers and duration of call
    • Email correspondence (DO NOT print them in a word document)

Petitioners are not required to come for the interview. In some cases the officer will ask for the petitioner to be present, but petitioners are not required to be present at the time of the interview. For minors and for people with disabilities, we allow one family member to accompany the beneficiary. We have translators in the Consulate that can help with beneficiaries who cannot speak English.


After the Interview

If you are granted a visa at the time of your interview, your passport and visa will be ready for pickup approximately 10 business days following your interview. Please note that due to the high volume of visas we process and several other logistical necessities, we are not able to expedite the printing of visas. We advise you not to make any irrevocable travel plans before you have the visa in your physical possession.

Presidential Proclamation 9983 provides specifically that no visas issued to subject nationals before February 21, 2020, the effective date of the Proclamation, will be revoked pursuant to the Proclamation.

If your visa application was refused under Section 221(g) because you need to submit updated or missing supporting documents or for administrative processing, you should proceed to submit your documentation.  After receiving any required missing documentation or completion of any administrative processing, the U.S. embassy or consulate where you were interviewed will contact you with more information.

When a Consular Officer recommends that a petition be revoked, the case is sent from the U.S. Consulate General Lagos to the National Visa Center (NVC). NVC then forwards the case to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ office where the petition was originally approved. The U.S. Consulate General no longer has jurisdiction over a case once it has been recommended for revocation. As such, you should contact NVC at NVCInquiry@state.gov or USCIS for further information about your case. Contact information for USCIS can be found at www.uscis.gov. Please note that it can take several months for a case to be sent from Lagos and processed by NVC and USCIS in the United States.

The fee to file an I-601 waiver is $930. The fee to file an I-212 waiver also is $930. As of June 2012, all waiver applications must be sent directly to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the Phoenix Lockbox facility at the following address: USCIS, ATTN: 601/212 Foreign Filers, 1820 E. Skyharbor, Circle S, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85034. For more information and waiver instructions, please refer to www.uscis.gov/i-601 or www.uscis.gov/i-212 or call the USCIS Customer Service center at (800)375-5283. The U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, no longer accepts waiver applications, nor do we adjudicate waiver requests.

Your case was processed electronically and all the necessary documents are secure in our database. This provides a faster, more convenient, and more secure immigration process. The immigration official will be able to access all the necessary documents when you present your passport and valid immigrant visa.


Additional Questions:

As of February 21, 2020, Presidential Proclamation 9983 suspends the issuance of  immigrant visas to nationals of Nigeria, except to Special Immigrants whose eligibility for a visa is based on having provided assistance to the U.S. Government.  An individual who wishes to apply for an immigrant visa may still apply for a visa and should disclose during the visa interview any information that might demonstrate that he or she is eligible for an exception or waiver per the Proclamation.  A consular officer will carefully review each case to determine whether the applicant is affected by the Proclamation and, if so, whether the applicant qualifies for an exception or a waiver.

Please email us at LagosIV@state.gov to schedule an appointment. While we will make every effort to schedule you to come in as soon as possible, we advise against making any irrevocable travel plans until you have the necessary documents in hand.

Please note that transportation letters are no longer issued to persons who’s Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards) are lost or expired. Boarding foils are now issued instead. Please email us at LagosIVscheduling@state.gov to schedule an appointment to receive a boarding foil. While we will make every effort to schedule you to come in as soon as possible, please note that the printing of the boarding foil takes an average of 5 business days. We advise against making any irrevocable travel plans until you have the necessary documents in hand. The fee is $575 and is paid directly to USCIS. The Consulate is unable to accept payment for this service and is required to confirm that the applicant has paid USCIS before providing the service. You are able to read more about the process and pay USCIS directly from their website, https://www.uscis.gov/i-131a.

Please send an email to LagosIV@state.gov with your name, case number and contact address. We will contact you by email within two (2) business days with the next available appointment date. Diversity Visa appointment dates cannot be rescheduled. If you have an interview date scheduled, you must attend your scheduled interview. If you are married, your spouse and any children must accompany you. If you cannot attend the interview appointment that was scheduled for you by the Kentucky Consular Center, it will not be possible to reschedule your appointment.

The consulate staff will contact you directly regarding next steps for scheduling your visa interview. You will need the DOS case numbers and an account on  http://www.ustraveldocs.com. The beneficiaries in your case should proceed with medical exams approximately 3 weeks before the interview date. Additionally, you will be emailed an instruction packet and immigration forms that we request you complete and bring with you to the interview.

Please email us at LagosIV@state.gov to schedule an appointment. While we will make every effort to schedule you to come in as soon as possible, we advise against making any irrevocable travel plans until you have the necessary documents in hand.