Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja and Vanessa Obioha in Lagos
The United States Mission to Nigeria yesterday suspended indefinitely interview waivers for renewals, otherwise known as the “Dropbox” process, saying visa applications will no longer be accepted by DHL in Nigeria.
“Those who have already submitted their passports via Dropbox to DHL for processing either at the US Embassy in Abuja, or the Consulate General in Lagos, will not be impacted by this change,’’ a press statement by the Embassy Press Office said.
It added that all applicants in Nigeria seeking a non-immigrant visa to the United States must apply online and will be required to appear in person at the US Embassy in Abuja or US Consulate General in Lagos to submit their application for review.
“Applicants must appear at the location they specified when applying for the visa renewal. Processing of diplomatic and official (A, G, and NATO class) visa applications will continue unchanged.
‘’Mission Nigeria’s processing procedures are regularly reviewed in order to assess our ability to quickly, efficiently, and securely process visa applications,’’ the statement explained.
The statement further added that the US Mission is taking this step to provide more efficient customer service and promote legitimate travel, and will continue to facilitate applications of established travellers to the best of its ability.