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BREAKING: US Embassy suspends drop box visa issuance option for Nigerians

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The Embassy and Consulate of the United States in Nigeria has suspended the interview waiver “Drop Box” application process effective May 14, 2019.

This was posted in a notice on the U.S embassy website.

This means that intending Nigerian traveler to the United States of America who usually take advantage of the easy renewal option of drop-box for some classes of visas, may not have such luxury again.

The drop-box service offers interview waiver at the US embassies across the country to applicants seeking visa re-issuance under the B1/B2, F, M, L and H visa classes.

A statement released by the US embassy’s Press Office stated that the suspension will take effect at the close of business today, Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

The statement reads, “Nigeria is indefinitely suspending interview waivers for renewals, otherwise known as the “Dropbox” process.

“Visa applications will no longer be accepted by DHL in Nigeria. Those who have already submitted their passports via “Dropbox” to DHL for processing either at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, or the Consulate General in for processing either at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, or the Consulate General in
Lagos, will not be impacted by this change.

“All applicants in Nigeria seeking a nonimmigrant visa to the United States must apply online, and 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.

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

“Mission Nigeria’s processing procedures are regularly reviewed in order to assess our 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.”

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