Let’s make it clear about what US Visa Application we are taling about
US Visa : types of visa
There are two main types of Visa for US : Immigrant Visa and Non Immigrant one.
Immigrant visa is for people applying for a permannent residence in the USA. This is mainly for people selected in the frame of so called Green Card Lottery or Diversity Visa program. Also falling under this category : work visa, student visa, etc. Let’s talk about this visa in a separate article.
Non Immigrant visa is used for a temporary stay. All what doesn’t fall in the above type of visa is a temporary Non Immigrant visa, including touristic visa. If your US Visa application is for Tourism, Business Travel, short term studies or limited duration work visa, then you need a Non Immigrant Visa.
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Where to proceed with US Visa Application in Nigeria?
First, fill the DS-160 form (online US Visa Application)
You should visit the website below and fill in the electronic form. At any moment, you can save your form, and upload it later to complete your application. Here is the URL
Please make sure to keep the 10 digits code you’ll receive at the end of the process.
Where should I go Actually ?
After taking your appointement and paying the fees. Your US Visa application should be submitted either tothe U.S. Embassy in Abuja or to the U.S. Consulate General located in Lagos. Here below are the location of both insitutions :
US Embassy in Abuja :
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Central District Area, Abuja
Consular Section, Lagos (Visas)
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos
Telephone: (234)-1-460-3400, 460-3600
How do I get an appointment for US Visa Application
Sign up in the bellow website to schedule an appointment with a US Consulate Officer. It is advisable to take the appointment 3 months prior to your planned trip.
What are the requirements of my US Visa Application ?
You have to know that the US visa is not a guarantee for an entry to the US territory. Getting the visa, means you convinced the US officer that you are really tied to Nigeria, and you have more than serious reasons to get back to Nigeria after your stay in the US.
Any proof would be considered like having a family and children, having a good job and sources of revenue, a house, a car, bank account, any other engagement can help you demonstrating that you are willing to return home after your trip.
How much are the fees ?
The visa fees vary from 31 200 Naira to 51 675 (160$ to 265$). However, must common visa (like tourist and business visa) are 31 200 Naira (160$).
You should pay your visa fees at GTBank, please visit their website http://www.gtbank.com/
You’ll find there the appropriate slips to use to send the cash. You’ll be given a receipt. You should keep it as you’ll be requested this document in the embassy along with the DS-160 code you received when you filled the form.