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US embassy releases important message to Nigerians applying for visa

- The US embassy said it has suspended interview waivers for visa renewal

- The embassy said those who have used the medium already will not be impacted

- Applicants are expected to appear in person at the location specified when applying

The U.S. Embassy says effective from the close of business on Tuesday, May 14, the U.S. Mission to Nigeria will indefinitely suspend interview waivers for visa renewals, otherwise known as the “Dropbox” process.

According to it, visa applications will no longer be accepted by DHL in Nigeria.

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However, those who had already submitted their passports via “Dropbox” to DHL for processing either at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the Consulate General office in Lagos, will not be impacted by this change.

“All applicants in Nigeria seeking a non-immigrant visa to the U.S. must apply online.

“They will be required to appear in person at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or U.S. Consulate General in Lagos to submit their application 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.

It noted that the Mission to Nigeria’s processing procedures are regularly reviewed in order to assess its ability to quickly, efficiently, and securely process visa applications.

According to the statement, 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 travellers to the best of its ability

Meanwhile, Zainab Aliyu arrived Nigeria on Monday, May 13, after she was freed by the Saudi Arabia government.

Recall that the Nigerian student was arrested for drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia and later released after intervention by the federal government of Nigeria.

The situation had also led to widespread protest and condemnation.

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