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US lifts suspension on ‘drop box’ visa applications in Nigeria — after 32 months

US lifts suspension on ‘drop box’ visa applications in Nigeria — after 32 months
January 31
23:00 2022

The United States embassy in Nigeria has lifted the restriction on drop box service or interview waiver for those renewing visas in the country.

The interview waiver was suspended for Nigerian applicants in May 2019.

But according to checks by TheCable on Monday, the suspension on the interview waiver has been lifted.

Applicants must, however, be applying to renew a visa in the same classification as their prior non-immigrant visa.

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“Right now, this service is only available to applicants renewing a B1/B2, C1/D, F, M or J, H and L visa. Applicants must satisfy all the following criteria for their visa class. If applying as a group or family, all members must fulfill all criteria to qualify for interview waiver,” the embassy said.

“For B1/B2 or C1/D visa holders: the applicant must possess a full-validity B1/B2 or C1/D visa that expired within the past 24 months or will expire in the next three months.

“The applicant must be a citizen or resident of Nigeria. The applicant must not have been refused a visa since the issuance of the previous visa, or had a visa revoked, or have ever required a waiver.

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“The applicant possesses all issued passports covering the entire period since receiving the previous visa and the passport with the most recent visa.

“The applicant has never been arrested or convicted of any crime or offense in the United States, even if the applicant has later received a waiver or pardon.

“The applicant has never worked without authorization or remained beyond their permitted time in the United States. C1/D applicants must possess a letter from the employer outlining the scope, duration, and location of the anticipated work.”

The same criteria also apply to Lagos F or M visa holders and Abuja applicants with F1/F2 visas, while for J visa holders, the embassy said the visa must be for academic purposes.

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“The applicant’s DS-2019 must be for an academic program (not summer work travel, au pair, or camp counselor,” it said.

The embassy also instructed applicants to complete their applications using this link.

The following documents are to be mailed to the Abuja embassy via a designated document delivery DHL facility: “A printout of your submission letter (printed from https://ustraveldocs.com/ng/); completed DS-160; an approved I-20; a receipt for your I-901 SEVIS fee; a GTB (MRV) receipt for your visa fee; your passport containing the expired student visa (if that passport is expired, a current valid passport is also required).”

Also required are: “A passport photograph meeting these requirements; proof of continued full-time enrollment (such as transcripts, tuition payment, etc.)”.

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The embassy added that only applicants with scheduled appointments can drop off documents at the US Consulate.

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3 Comments

  1. oscalowi
    oscalowi February 26, 07:15

    lifted but we cannot still get a date to drop the application

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  2. Stel
    Stel March 05, 09:59

    Exactly. Ii is very disheartening when you go on all media platforms to announce something that you have made sure will not work.

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  3. DeeDi
    DeeDi June 12, 14:25

    its months now Still cant get an appointment date to drop the application , what happens if I am out of the dropbox eligibility window while long waiting to get an appointment date to drop my application /document.

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