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The United States Mission in Nigeria has confirmed that it will expand its operations from November 24 to better serve Nigeria’s student body.
The US mission, in a statement made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt, said that “this approach will be twofold: a special procedure for students who need to renew their student visa to continue their studies, and a series of interview days for future new students ”.
For new students, the mission said: “You may be eligible for a priority interview window for a student visa if you are a potential student looking for an appointment for an F1 visa and no visa. F1 has only been refused to you in the past six months. We encourage all students to submit the documents listed below as soon as possible to take advantage of this limited opportunity. Please note that in order to schedule as many qualified and interested students as possible, we are unable to accommodate requests to postpone your appointment ”.
According to the statement, “The student rush days in Lagos will be on November 24, December 8 and December 15. These busy days will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To make an appointment in Lagos , you must email all of the following documents to [email protected]: A completed DS-160, an I-20 approved, a receipt for your I-901 SEVIS charges, a GTBank (MRV) a receipt for your visa fees, a biopage scan of your valid passport and a scan of your passport photo that meets these requirements
“The Abuja student rush days will be on December 8, December 15 and January 12. These busy days will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To make an appointment in Abuja, visit www.ustraveldocs.com/ng and review the criteria and instructions for requesting an emergency interview for a student visa, and prepare the documents below: A completed DS-160 , an approved I-20, a receipt for your I-901 SEVIS fees, a GTBank (MRV) receipt for your visa fees, a biopage scan of your valid passport and a scan of your vouching passport photo to these requirements.
For returning student visa applications, the mission said, “If you are currently studying in the United States, you may be eligible for a special application process. To benefit from this procedure, you must renew a student visa that is still valid or has expired within the last 24 months and renew your visa either to: (a) continue to participate in the same main study program even if at another institution; or (b) attend the same institution even if it is a different major study program.
“Abuja applicants: Go to www.ustraveldocs.com/ng and follow the instructions to complete your visa application. Go to a designated DHL facility and send the following documents:
“A printout of your confirmation page (printed from www.ustraveldocs.com/ng), a completed DS-160, an I-20 approved, a receipt for your SEVIS I-901 charges, a GTBank receipt (MRV) for your fresh visa, your passport containing the expired student visa (if this passport is expired, a valid passport is also required), a photo ID meeting these requirements and proof of on-time enrollment full continuous (such as transcripts, payment of tuition fees, etc.)
“Candidates from Lagos: Bring all of the following to the US Consulate in Lagos at 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, between November 25 and January 5: a completed DS-160, an I-20 approved, a receipt for your I-901 SEVIS fees, a GTBank (MRV) receipt for your visa fees, your passport containing the expired student visa (if this passport has expired, a valid passport is also required), a photo of ‘identity meeting these requirements, and proof of continued full-time enrollment (such as transcripts, payment of tuition fees, etc.), ”the statement added.
By: Nelson Chukwudi