USA Visa Information for Nigerians ? Visa Requirements and How to Apply
By Jessica Iwu
08 November 2018
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Applying for a USA Visa
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Types of USA Visa[table id=95 /] Visa processing time varies, however, after submitting your visa application to the embassy it takes about 3 months for your application to be processed.
General Requirements for a USA VisaFirst, it is of value to know that having the necessary documents is important during application for an immigrant or non-immigrant USA visa. The following documents are necessary for either an immigrant and non-immigrant visa application:
- A Non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) Form.
- A passport valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States.
- One (1) 2"x2" (5cmx5cm) photograph.
- A receipt showing payment of the visa application fee.
- An approved Form I-20 (if you are applying for a student visa).
- Your latest school results, transcripts and degrees/diplomas (if you are applying for a student visa).
- Your interview appointment letter.
- Proof that you cam financially sustain yourself.
- Your travel itinerary (if you need a tourist visa).
- Criminal/court records pertaining to an arrest or conviction.
USA Visa TypesForeigners or non-citizens need an American visa to travel to the United States. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) grants 90 days visa-free travel duration to some country's citizens. Citizens of countries that do not qualify for the VWP like Nigeria, must obtain a USA visa. There are two major visa types, and they are:
- Immigrant visas.
- Non-immigrant visas
US Immigrant VisasImmigrant visas are visas for people who plan to reside permanently in America. Immigrant Visas are most times the first step people take before receiving citizenship. Usually a qualified family member who is already in United States Citizen submits an appeal on the behalf of the intended immigrant. Immigrant visas are also granted to employees who have been hired for an eligible permanent position. Furthermore, to apply the employer or company where one is to be employed must submit an appeal.
US Non-immigrant VisasNon-Immigrant visas are for individuals who wish to visit the United States for a fixed period of time. It is used by tourist, students as well as business people. There are multiple types of non-immigrant visas depending on one's reasons for traveling. These visas are issued based on the following reasons for traveling. as stated in the table below: [table id=19 /] The following are some of the most common American Visas
Business/Tourist VisaThis visa is intended for people traveling to the United States for business, pleasure or medical treatment. After applying for a business/tourist visa, applicants will wait 158 calendar days before receiving their visa appointment. This visa takes 60 days to process. Stays with Business visas are usually granted for three months or less, while Tourism or Medical visas are generally granted for six months. The validity of the visa ranges between 1 month and 10 years. Tourist visas cost $160.
Work VisaThis visa is intended for individuals traveling to the United States to work. This Visa is different from Immigrant visas because unlike the individual applying for an immigrant visa. In contrast to immigration visa, the individual applying for a work visa is only staying in the United States is only working in the country temporarily. According to U.S. immigration law, you need a specific visa based on the type of work you will be doing. Most temporary worker categories require that your prospective employer or consultant file a petition. Work visas cost $190 and are valid for the duration of work.
Student VisaThis visa is for foreign citizens who are traveling to the United States to study. Before applying for a student visa it is important that you first are accepted and approved by the school or program which you applied. These types of visas take an average of 3 months to process. Student visas are also known as F-1 visas and they cost $160. A student visa is valid for the duration of your studies.
Transit VisaTransit or Ship Crew Visas are for individuals traveling in immediate and continuous transit through America on their journeys to another destination. On average, a transit visa takes 5 days to process, however it may take longer. All types of Transit Visas are valid for a period of 29 days or until the date you're to depart the U.S on your ticket. Transit visas are also known as C type visas and generally cost $160. C type visas cannot be extended.
Non-Immigrant Visa Fees[table id=96 /] This fee does not include visa service charge. Our Visa service costs between 80 USD to 275 USD, that is, about 30,000 Naira to 100,000 Naira on the average.
Address and Location of the US Embassies in Nigeria
Abuja US Embassy AddressAddress: Embassy of the United States, Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive. Central District Area. Abuja, Nigeria Telephone: (234)-9-461-4000 Fax: (234)-9-461-4171
Lagos US Embassy AddressAddress: United States Consulate General. 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island. Nigeria Telephone: (234)-1-460-3400 Fax: (234)-1-261-2218
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I get a USA Visa Application Form?The USA visa application form can be gotten online from the US Embassy website. You can download the form, fill and scan it back, after which you can book an appointment for an interview on the website.
How to Schedule a USA Visa AppointmentTo schedule a USA visa appointment, you would need to create a profile on the USA visa website, and fill in the necessary information. The following would be required:
- 10 digit DS-160 confirmation number
- U.S visa application fee receipt number
- passport number
- SEVIS number (for F, M students and J exchange visitors)
- Petition number (for temporary work visas)
- Case number (for immigrant visa)
How and Where to Pay USA Visa FeesA non-refundable and non-transferable Machine Readable Visa (MRV) application fee is paid by every applicant whether the visa is issued eventually or not. The type of visa requested for determines the fee. The U.S visa fee can be paid online or at the bank. All visa applicants except the type K visa applicants can pay their visa application fee at any GTB branch. Applicants can also pay through GTBank's online bill pay service.
How much does the US Non-immigrant Visa Fee Cost?The visa application fee for each non-immigrant visa type depends on the visa class. In Nigeria, the majority of visa applicants will pay either $160, $190, or $265 at GT Bank.
How to Submit USA Visa ApplicationSince most of the processes are online, once the application form is filled, they should be submitted via that platform.
USA Visa Processing TimeWhen a USA visa application is submitted, it might take a while to get an appointment. It is, therefore, necessary to apply at least 3 months before the intended date of travel.
How to Collect your USA VisaOnce an applicant's visa is approved, it is sent to the document pick-up location specified by the applicant during the appointment scheduling process. There are no charges for this service. For further information, you can visit the official US embassy website.
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