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US embassy drops new guidelines for visa application, suspends renewal interview waiver

By NewsDesk,

The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria has dropped a new guideline for visa application which includes indefinitely suspension of interview waivers for visa renewals, otherwise known as the “Dropbox” process.

It said that its office would no longer allow visa applications through courier services from Nigerians but that applicants, who had submitted passports through courier for processing either at its office Abuja or Consulate General office in Lagos before the new guideline, would not be affected by the new change.

Through a statement issued by the mission on Tuesday in Abuja, the office stated that the new order would be effective from May 14, 2019 close of business and that all applicants in Nigeria, seeking a non immigrant visa to the U.S., would have to apply online.

It informed that visa applicants would be required to appear in person at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or U.S. Consulate General in Lagos to submit applications for review.

“Applicants must appear at the location they specified when applying for the visa renewal.

“Processing of diplomatic and official (A, G, and NATO class) visa applications will continue unchanged,’’ the statement said.

According to the embassy, the mision to Nigeria’s processing procedures are regularly reviewed in order to assess its ability to quickly, efficiently, and securely process visa applications.

“The U.S. Mission is taking this step to provide more efficient customer service and promote legitimate travel, and will continue to facilitate applications of established travelers to the best of its ability, it added.

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