Over 50,000 non-immigrant visas processed in past two months – US – The Sun Nigeria

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Of Aidoghie PaulinAbuja

The The US Embassy in Abuja and the US Consulate in Lagos have revealed why prospective travelers to the US are getting visa appointment dates further away than their preferred dates.

The Public Affairs Section of the United States Department of State Embassy in Abuja made this disclosure in response to Sunday from Saturdayasks why it is difficult for applicants to get a visa appointment.

The United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria was also asked why most of the available dates were two, three and more, and whether the embassy was aware of the touts’ activities and what the embassy was doing to reduce these illegal activities.

The public affairs section, however, said that over the past two months, the consular sections in Abuja and Lagos have processed over 50,000 non-immigrant visas.

He also said demand continued to outpace appointment availability, saying the situation was likely to be the case for the foreseeable future.

“The United States Embassy in Abuja and the United States Consulate in Lagos currently provide the full range of consular services, including processing all categories of nonimmigrant visas. To meet the demand for visas in Nigeria despite ongoing challenges resulting from COVID-related closures and restrictions, the U.S. Mission has put in place a number of initiatives, including processing interview-free nonimmigrant visas for those who meet the required conditions.

“Over the past two months, the Consular Sections in Abuja and Lagos have processed over 50,000 non-immigrant visas. However, demand continues to outstrip appointment availability, and likely will for the foreseeable future.

“Applicants with an urgent need to travel should book any appointment available on ustraveldocs.com and follow the instructions to request an expedited appointment. Because consular sections must prioritize services for U.S. citizens, immigrant visas, and work and student visas, only the most urgent tourist and business visa cases can be expedited. Applicants should regularly monitor ustraveldocs.com as appointments are added,” the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria said.

The Mission further stated that the United States discourages applicants from using agents when applying for visas.

“U.S. visa applications can only be completed at www.ustraveldocs.com. We encourage all visa applicants to visit our website for more information on how to apply and a link to the application website. Any application information through another website is likely a scam,” the US diplomatic mission also said.

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