US Consulate Begins ‘No Interview’ Visa Renewals

The United States (US) Mission has expanded visa services to assist nonimmigrant visa applicants in Nigeria who qualify to renew their visa.

According to a statement released by US Consulate General Public Affairs Section Information Specialist Temitayo Famutimi; the new application process will begin in February at the US Consulate in Lagos, while it will be extended later to the US Embassy in Abuja.

He said the number of qualified candidates who can apply using the new procedures will be limited at the initial stage, while program processing times are expected to be up to two months, during which the candidate will not be able to collect his/her passport.

In addition, each applicant, according to the statement, must individually meet the criteria, as minors can also apply without an interview if they meet the criteria.

“If you have a life-threatening emergency, however, you can request an expedited in-person interview to accommodate. Visa renewals without an interview, appointments will be very limited. Business trips, conferences, weddings and graduations are not considered emergencies. If you have an emergency and need to move immediately, please follow the instructions.

“Third parties unaffiliated with the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos may seek to take advantage of various visa services to target visa applicants with fraudulent offers or claims. Applicants should complete their own forms and book appointments themselves through the official websites so that as future interview waiver appointment opportunities become available, they will be communicated via the website” , the statement reads in part.

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