US gives priority to student visa applicants from Nigeria, others

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The United States Government has announced plans to prioritise the issuance of student visa to applicants.

According to a statement issued by the US mission in Nigeria, this was to ensure that Nigerian students resuming in the fall of 2021 got visa interview appointments in advance of their programme start date.

The US Mission Country Consular Coordinator, Susan Tuller, said that the Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos would make efforts to help student visa applicants by attending to them on time while keeping personnel and customers safe.

What the US mission Country Consular Coordinator is saying

Tuller, in her statement, said, “As we continue to prioritise the health and safety of our staff and customers, processing student visas remain a high priority for the U.S. mission in Nigeria.

We will increase the number of student visa appointments in May and June to ensure that we can offer appointments to as many students as possible.

If your U.S. studies are scheduled to begin this fall, we encourage you to schedule your appointment as quickly as possible.’’

She added that all student visa appointments must be booked through the U.S. Travel Docs website at www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/.

Tuller also warned applicants against the use of agents or third-party services, including touts, and fixers who broker visa appointments as they usually seek to benefit by charging a fee for their services and may not always provide the correct information.

This, she said could harm an applicant’s chances of qualifying for a visa.

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