U.S. Embassy in Nigeria Received 220,000 Visa Applications In Just One Year

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The U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate in Lagos received more than 220,000 non-immigrant visa applications between October 1st, 2013 and September 30th, 2014
The Consular Chief of the embassy, Stacie Hankins, disclosed this while responding to questions from newsmen on the new visa procedures on Tuesday in Abuja.
Hankins said that the figure represented an increase of about 38,000 visa applications when compared with the 182,000 applications in the previous year.
“Between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013, the embassy in Abuja and consulate in Lagos received more than 182,000 non-immigrant visa applications, the majority of which were approved.
“Between Oct. 1, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014, we received more than 220,000 applications.
“Again, the majority of those applications were approved.
“We hope that Nigerians’ desire to visit our beautiful country will continue to grow.
“And we look forward to working with our partners to allow qualified tourists and business travellers to do so,”
she said.
According to her, the Consulate in Lagos received 15, 500 immigrant visa applications between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2014, out of which 4, 900 applications were approved.
Hankins said that there had been increase in the visa application received by the embassy over the last five years.
She added that there was no limit to the visa application the embassy could receive and approve.
Reporters that the consular official explained that the U.S.-Nigeria partnership remained strong.
According to her, the Bureau of Consular Affairs supports that partnership by facilitating “legitimate travel” to the U.S.
Reporters that the new visa procedures require all potential non-immigrant visa applicants to include the correct confirmation number from their DS-160 online application form when making an interview appointment.
Hankins also announced the opening of the new DHL Document Collection Centre in Port Harcourt.
According to her, the embassy believes that the change will make application processing faster and more efficient.
“Passport collection via the centre in Port Harcourt will take one additional day.
“Individuals whose visa applications are approved can expect their passports within four days.
“Drop box applicants can expect their passports within seven to 10 days,”
she said.
Reporters that the drop box allows certain visa applicants who have previously been issued U.S. visas to renew them without attending an interview.



echeeche at 05:17 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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STORY TOO MUCH
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EMALLY at 06:19 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Multiply 220,000 by the visa fee. Waoh! too much money. Nigerians deserve better treatment from you guys.
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beneno at 06:20 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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paulohking at 06:39 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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if country good, dem no go run comot na Angry
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paulohking at 06:40 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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if country good, dem no go run comot na Angry
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schmit at 06:51 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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i no go schock if na 100 million nigerians apply, useless leaders
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zeigbo at 08:12 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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ohoooo

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Ennyolalekan at 08:37 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Is my own name included....? Check again one Visa is left out uncounting.
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onyenmeme at 08:40 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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everbody likes to visit or stay in america everybodies dream but return the people money when you cant give them your visa .it is evil explotion from poor people that have american dream.
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onyenmeme at 08:48 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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they will say pay at the bank when they have decided who to give their visa and when you come their it is a pity no mater the requerment you  brought they just dont look at .they only say we cant give you our visa and your money is gone .pls return the money if you cant give the aplicant visa and stop this advanced fraud in the name of giving your heavenly visa period
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elchymo at 09:41 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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angesco at 09:41 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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I wonder how many thousands of Americans applied for a VISA to visit and HOLIDAY in Nigeria in that same period!!
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osarobo62 at 10:10 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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.....yet una say na GEJ and his gang of Alibabas be the best thing una want in Nigeria. Sad Sad
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Larry28 at 10:26 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Chai
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Abubu86 at 11:22 PM, 26/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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Wetin dose people dey look 4 sokoto dey inside dia shokoto but dey didn't look closely
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DrSoba at 12:07 AM, 27/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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I hope our leaders are aware of this and ask themselves questions.  Which is why are our people running away from the south called Nigeria?
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EmekaBlue at 01:27 AM, 27/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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d num even small sef
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ryan16 at 01:37 AM, 27/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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inside those visa application,how many them give and how many they deny,world power go soon run leave una.
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ryan16 at 01:39 AM, 27/11/2014 (4 years ago)
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the most corrupt country in this world,is this same useless america cosing trouble in every nation pretending to help keep peace while stealing your treasure .
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