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USA Visa Application

USA Visa Application

Nigerian passport holders require a visa to travel to the US and application can be done at the US Department of State Consular Electronic Application Center. Travellers can apply for their US visa a maximum of three months before their date of travel.

Competition duration
Please note this process is applicable to Nigerian passport holders.

Types of Visas

The two most common non-immigrant visas (Visitor Visas) for the United States are:

Validity:

The B-2 Visitor Visa allows the holder to stay in the United States for up to six months at a time. The validity of the visa is usually about two years.

Find out more about the Business (B-1) visa.

Note: Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of return.

The wait time for appointments can be up to two months, while the processing time for the USA visa application is usually between five to fifteen days. These times can vary depending on the type of application submitted, whether the application is complete, and the volume of received applications.

How to Apply

  1. Photographs that meet the US visa photo requirements should be obtained before beginning the application process.
  2. Complete the DS-160 form online and submit it through the US Department of State website.
  3. Pay the non-refundable processing fee online or over the counter at a bank.
  4. Schedule an appointment online or through the call centre. You will need the following documents when making your appointment:
    • Your passport number
    • Your fee payment receipt purchase date
    • The 10-digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page
  5. Gather your documents and any supporting documents that may help your application.
  6. Attend your USA visa application appointment at the US Embassy in Abuja or US Consulate General in Lagos. You will need to bring the following documents with you to the interview:
    • Your current and previous passports
    • Appointment confirmation letter
    • Barcoded DS-160 confirmation page
    • Receipt of the visa application fee
    • A colour photograph that meets the photo requirements

If your visa is approved, your passport with the US visa will be delivered to the pick-up location you specified when you scheduled your appointment, or couriered to your chosen address.

US Visa Costs

The non-refundable USA Visa Application fee for business and tourist visas is about ₦57,680.00 (about US$140). Payments can be made in cash at a GTBank branch or online. They are also subject to change whenever the embassy deems it fit.

Note: You will need to present your passport when you make a payment at a GTBank branch. You should also ensure you receive a receipt when making the payment, as you will need to provide this when you attend your interview.

US Visa Requirements

Travellers will need the following for their USA visa application:

  • An original Nigerian passport that has two blank pages for visa and entry stamps and is valid for at least six months beyond your return date.
  • Previous passports (for travel history)
  • Barcoded DS-160 form confirmation page
  • Appointment confirmation page
  • Two colour photos that meet the US visa photo requirements
  • Application fee payment receipt
  • Proof of funds (i.e. bank statements, payslips, proof of assets and investments, etc)
  • Supporting documents such as invitation letters, letter of employment, provisional flight bookings and travel itinerary, etc

Where to Apply

Your USA visa application can be submitted online via the US Department of State website but you will be required to attend the visa interview in person at the embassy or consulate general.

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