The United States of America is one of the countries every Nigerian wants to visit. There are so many tourists around the world that would like to visit this country too. This is not much of a surprise, because they as a nation are basking in the glory of being a world power. They have a thriving economy… little wonder, everybody, wants to go there. One common practice in modern-day bureaucracy is the increase in digital reliance. It would be important to note that you can only book your American visa appointment online.
Generally, as a Nigerian citizen, you cannot enter the United States of America without a visa. You need to, first of all, obtain a visa, whether it is a visa for temporal stay or visa or for permanent residence.
How to Book Appointment in American Embassy
As an applicant for the American visa, you have to appear in person in Abuja, or the consulate general in Lagos. There are two ways you can book for your appointment at the American embassy. This can be done either through the call centre or via online application.
Method 1: Book appointment via online application
For online application, follow these steps below:
Step1: Visit this link https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/language=English&country=Nigeria
Step 2: Create a profile by filling in a valid email address
Step 3: Put in your password and fill in the Recaptcha on the website.
Step 4: Book for an appointment
Method 2: Booking an appointment using the call centre
You can contact the American embassy with the lines listed down below. When you place a call, one of the visa application services call centre agents would be able to assist you with booking an appointment.
For Callers in Nigeria: +23412278955
For Callers in the US: +17035202575
Restrictions to Changing Appointments
Individuals that have already booked for an appointment are limited to the number of times they can reschedule their appointments. As stated on the site, all fees paid are non-refundable. So you have to pay again when you book for an appointment again.
Supporting Documents Needed for the Visa Interview
When book appointments, you need to have the following documents ready with you to give the important information that is required.
- A passport that is valid for travel to America with a validity date of at least six months prior to the intended period of stay
- The payment receipt for your visa application this should be from GTbank.
- Your DS-160 confirmation page document
- Your Valid e-mail address and telephone number
Completion of a Medical Examination for the US Visa Appointment
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services want every applicant to complete a medical appointment with an authorized physician in the country where they will attend their interview.
By “authorized physician” we mean a doctor who is approved by the US embassy in your country. If you complete your medical check with another doctor, the consular will not accept it as valid.
In your medical examination, a lot would be examined. For instance, your medical history would be examined. You would also be examined physically (eyes, ears, nose and throat, extremities, heart, lungs, abdomen, lymph nodes, skin, and external genitalia). Also not forgetting, you would need to bring a copy of your immunization records.
Things To Note Attending US Visa Interview Appointment
Before you attend your interview you need to take your time to do some homework, so that you don’t feel lost. The person that would interview you is the consular officer. In this process, your fingerprints would be scanned.
Do not carry along with you, any foods, backpacks, laptops or big bags to the embassy. You have to take very few things with you. Also, endeavour to dress in a simple manner.
Arrive at the consulate
As an attendee to your interview, you need to arrive on time. Sometimes, you might have to wait in a queue, but that does not guarantee late coming. Try to be in the meeting, at least, 10 minutes earlier.
When you enter the entrance of the embassy, you would be taken through the security door. This security door has a full-body metal detector scan.
Onwards, you would receive a token, which you would use for the interview. Finally, your fingerprints would be scanned and you would receive further instructions.
Enter the interview
After submitting your fingerprint, you will have to wait in the lounge area. Here, you would wait quietly for your turn. When you will hear your name, then you move in for your interview with your necessary documents. Try to arrange the documents properly, so that you don’t have to mess with your hands when you meet the interviewer.