US Embassy In Nigeria Made Over N2BN From Rejected Visa Applications In 2015

at 07:58 PM, 16/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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The US Embassy in Nigeria reportedly made an estimated N2.1 billion on visa applications it rejected in 2015.

Findings made by The Herald indicate that the US Embassy made a total of N5.1 billion from the 158,914 applicants who sought to travel to America for business, tourism and medical purposes.

Of these only, 94,102 applications representing 60% of applicants were approved whilst 64,812 were denied.

US Embassy officials disclosed that they were able to interview 141% more applicants in 2015 due to changes made in their intake procedures. These changes include not allowing applicants to sit down but to remain standing throughout the entire process.

One applicant who recently went for the Visa interview in the Lagos Consulate complained of feeling faint and was repeatedly told by security officials that she was not allowed to stand.

Other applicants complained of sweating due to inadequate air conditioning system for the hundreds of applicants who file through the application room at any given moment on a daily basis.

Despite the harsh treatment, thousands of Nigerians still want to visit the United States, with some seeking for greener pastures abroad whilst others harbour genuine intentions to visit and return to Nigeria, their home country.

Many Nigerians complain of the arbitrariness of the Visa issuance process as the Consular Officers do not have to grant you a visa even if the error in interpreting the information the applicant provided is their own.

For instance an applicant could have a fledgling business in Nigeria, earning N50 million per annum and have family back in Nigeria, however the CO can still deny the application on a general ground under section 214(b).

Kemi a travel analyst says, “Applicants refused nonimmigrant visas are handed standard rejection letters stating that the reason they were denied is because they lack strong ties to their home countries and do not meet the standards for issuance of the visa. In fact, the actual reasons for the denial vary greatly. As is often the case, the actual reason may not be a legitimate, valid reason.”


Published at: 07:58 PM, 16/01/2016 (3 years ago)
Author: Daniel Bosai
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gogoman at 08:12 PM, 16/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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so who be the maga now? see as oyinbo dey do yahoo yahoo for una chai!
kingcalors at 08:19 PM, 16/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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If it's possible I will advice Nigerians to stop US visa application. If we stop they will beg Nigerians because throughout the whole world, Nigeria is the only country IS embassy make the heighest money in Visa aplication.
DAMILARE100 at 08:41 PM, 16/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Fix Nigeria and we would stop lobbying for US visa, otherwise it would incline in 2016
kp45 at 09:01 PM, 16/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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See scam
winace at 10:28 PM, 16/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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I don't blame them. I blame d Nigerians who want to kill jt to go there.
Anny01 at 10:37 PM, 16/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Must you use my brain on top of my money? For what?
zezprincess at 11:28 PM, 16/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Hmmmm,chooo,we be mumu for our own country,can't we stay in naija&fix things,must we travel? Rubbish.
Oworen25 at 11:33 PM, 16/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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So where is all this money going to when we find it hard to even enter America
Wazubia at 01:03 AM, 17/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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America benefit a lot from Nigeria, without giving anything.expecially for past sixteen years now. This is scam.
owolaborn at 04:13 AM, 17/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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over 2 billion in a year?
akinmanchy at 09:37 AM, 17/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Before nko? Them force una come their embassy?

osamabinladin at 10:50 AM, 17/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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That is a lot of money !
mensch at 11:05 AM, 17/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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they are not forcing anybody.
obikwe90 at 06:58 PM, 17/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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That is how they go about exploiting poor nations. Shameless, greedy America.
Trueyarn at 11:17 PM, 17/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Nah put him hand 4 fire talk say make he burn am,if I no go US embassy,wetin wan make dem use me shine?
Powerfulify at 08:16 AM, 18/01/2016 (3 years ago)
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Buhari put ur house in order n stop jumping 4rm 1 country 2 d other, luk at u saying dat American make so so amount 4rm ur country in visa application bcos they gananized their country chewww shameless president.


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