This post contains information on how to apply for American (U.S.) Visa in Nigeria, the steps and types of visas to you would need as a Nigerian.
As a Nigerian trying to travel to the United States (U.S), you would have to apply for a U.S. visa as a Nigerian but before that, you would have to know what type of visa you need to apply for American visa in Nigeria. Be aware that for this purpose, there are two types visas and they are: Immigrant visas and Non-immigrant visas.
Difference Between Immigrant Visas & Non Immigrant Visas
While Immigrant visas are meant for people who choose to live permanently in the United States, i.e, becoming a full citizen of the U.S. This will enable them be full legal permanent resident in the United States. Also note that the U.S. Embassy in Abuja do not issue immigrant visas, so if you are applying for an immigrant visa, you must apply at the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos.
Non-immigrant visas on the other hand are for those people who choose to stay in the United Stated for a short period for legal purposes as approved by the U.S government. Legal reasons for those who need non-immigrant visas in Nigeria to visit the U.S. include studying, working, tourism, and seeking medical attention.
How To Get Your Non-immigrant Visa Approved
If you want your non-immigrant visa approved, you would have to prove to the consular officer that you would leave the United States once your purpose for visiting America is finished after which you can apply for a non-immigrant visa at either the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or the U.S. Consulate Office in Lagos.
Examples of common non-immigrant visa types include work visa, business/tourist visa, student visa, exchange visitor visa, domestic employee visa, transit/ship crew visa, journalist and media visa, are just but a few kinds of non-immigrant visas.
- Diplomats and foreign government officials (A)
- Business/Tourist (B)
- Transit (C-1)
- Ship/Airline Crew (D)
- Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian Professional Specialty (E)
- Student (academic) (F)
- Employees of a designated international organization, and NATO (G, NATO)
- Temporary/Seasonal Workers and Employment, Trainees (H)
- Journalist and Media (I)
- Exchange Visitor (J)
- Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen (K)
- Intracompany Transferees (L)
- Student (vocational) (M)
- Persons with Extraordinary Ability (O)
- Athletes. Artists & Entertainers (P)
- International Cultural Exchange (Q)
- Religious Worker (R)
- Victim of Human Trafficking (T)
- NAFTA Professionals (TN/TD)
- Victim of Criminal Activity (U)
Nigerians applying for a U.S. visa including children are required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable visa application fee, known as the MRV fee, before applying for a nonimmigrant visa. Whether a Visa is issued or not, the visa application fee must be paid. The type of visa for which you apply determines the amount to be paid.
Applicants for B, C-1, D, F, I, J, M, T, TN/TD, and U visas are to pay $160 to any GTBank branch. Applicants for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas are to pay $190 to any GTBank branch. K-visa applicants are to pay $240 to the cashier at the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos. And E-visa applicants are to pay $270 to any GTBank branch.
Applicants for A, G, NATO, C-2, and C-3 visa are not required to pay any fee. The same runs true for applicants for J visas who are participating in certain U.S. Government -sponsored educational and cultural exchanges.
Visa fee is also waived for a parent, sibling, spouse or child of a U.S. Government employee killed in the line of duty who is traveling to attend the employee’s funeral and/or burial; or a parent, sibling, spouse, son or daughter of a U.S. Government employee critically injured in the line of duty for visitation during emergency treatment and convalescence.
If the principal applicant is applying for an L-1 visa under the blanket L visa petition, the principal applicant must pay a $500 fraud prevention and detection fee at the time of their visa interview in the embassy. This must be paid each time a new I-129-S is submitted. The principal applicant may be required to pay a higher $2,250.00 border security act fee if this is indicated on the I-129.
Non-immigrant visa applicants can pay for their visas in cash at any GTBank branch. At the bank, request for a U. S. visa fee collection slip. Write your fee payment amount and telephone number on the slip, and make your payment. You will be given a receipt. Keep this receipt for your records.
Alternatively, you can pay for your visa application via online transfer provided you have an GTBank account enabled for online transactions.
It is important that you correctly type your payment code (also called a UID) into the online payment form when you pay your fee online. The payment code is created after you create your online profile at the beginning of the online payment process. This code verifies your payment and allows you to schedule your visa interview.
- Complete the DS-160 application form (click here for more details about the form).
- Schedule your visa appointment.
- Visit the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of your visa interview. Be sure to check the Schedule My Appointment page for the necessary documentation needed for your appointment.
- If your visa is approved, the visa will be sent to the document drop-off location you selected when you scheduled your appointment.