SUSPENSION OF VISA SERVICES: In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates effective March 20, 2020. While some embassies and consulates have begun to resume these services, the United States Embassy and Consulate in Abuja and Lagos remain unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. 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-visa-services-and-restrictions.html
For many Immigrant Visa applications, the Department of State is utilizing a new Immigrant Visa process called Modernized Immigrant Visa, or MIV. This is an online system that will improve the processing of immigrant visas by making the application process faster, more transparent, and more secure.
Here’s how it works: after our National Visa Center (or NVC) receives your petition, it will provide you with log-in information to access the online system called the Consular Electronic Application Center, or CEAC (https://ceac.state.gov/ceac/). From then on, NVC will communicate with you over this system to let you know if there are any missing or incorrect documents. You’ll be able to pay fees, complete forms, and upload documents all in one convenient location. You can also use the online system to check the status of your case, update contact information, and add or remove family members. In short, MIV will allow you and whoever is filing for you to fully manage the application process.
With this new system, your case is less likely to be delayed due to missing documents. Also, your case can be transferred digitally and not spend time in overseas shipping. Finally, you can arrive in the U.S. with no documents other than your passport and new visa, so your processing time at the port of entry will be faster than ever.
Many immigrant visa cases are already being processed using MIV, and in time, all remaining immigrant visa petitions will move to this system.