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American Embassy suspends ‘drop box’ visa applications in Nigeria

Valentine Chinyem



The Embassy of the United States America in Nigeria has suspended drop box services for those renewing visas in the country.

The drop box which is an interview waiver for those who already have obtained an American visa in the past, expired or not expired, is being suspended with effect from May 14, 2019, the statement says.

“Effective at the close of business today, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the U.S. Mission to Nigeria is indefinitely suspending interview waivers for renewals, otherwise known as the “Dropbox” process,” the statement reads.

“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 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.

“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.”

Nigerians were previously required to post their documents to the US visa service centre in the country, for renewal, and receivig their the ourcome of their visa renewal without physical interview.