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September 11, 2021 at 7:33 pm #113VincentKeymaster
Many Africans, notably Nigerians, aspire to live in America due to the country’s violence, instability, and lack of economic and infrastructure development.
In 2017, an estimated 2.1 million Africans immigrated to the US. However, not everyone in Nigeria or Africa wants to move to America for better opportunities.
As a Nigerian, you must apply for a US Visa in Nigeria. The same goes for foreigners. Visa-free entry is available to citizens of certain countries such as Australia and the UK for stays of up to 90 days.
Also, acquiring a US visa does not ensure entry into the US. The U.S. Visa simply indicates that you are qualified to apply for entry into the United States for a certain purpose.
US Visa Types
This sort of Visa is issued for a short stay in America. Nonimmigrant visas include business/tourist, work, student, exchange visitor, transit/ship crew, domestic employee, and journalist and media visas. The Nonimmigrant Visa is usually used for a specified purpose and for a specific period of time.
Nonimmigrant visas are normally obtained via the US Embassy in Abuja or the US Consulate General in Lagos. Because you have a strong link with Nigeria, you must show the consular officer that you intend to leave the US as soon as your purpose of visit is fulfilled.
Permanent residency in the US requires this sort of Visa. If you intend to live permanently in America, you must apply for this sort of Visa. This visa permits you to seek for legal permanent residency in the US. It is also a requirement for US Citizenship.
Nonimmigrant Visa Application
To obtain a nonimmigrant visa, perform these steps:
Step 1: Determine the Nonimmigrant Visa Type
There are various sorts of nonimmigrant visas. So you must look through the list of Nonimmigrant Visas to get the right one for you. Nonimmigrant visas are also available for athletes, diplomats, foreign government officials, and foreign nationals with remarkable aptitude in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.
Step 2: Nonimmigrant Visa Fee
After deciding on the sort of nonimmigrant visa that best meets your needs, you must pay for the application. The Visa application fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The fee is also known as MRV. Whether or not you receive a Visa, you must pay the application cost. The nonimmigrant visa fee varies by kind.
Nonimmigrant Visa application fees are normally $160, $190, or $265, paid at GTBank. The fee is paid in Nigerian Naira(#) and not in US Dollars.
When paying the Visa application fee at GTBank, you will receive a receipt valid for a year. The receipt authorizes you to schedule an interview at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate General. If you want to book an interview after the receipt has expired, you must pay a new charge.
The typical nonimmigrant visa application fee is $160 for tourist, business, student, and exchange visas. Most petition-based nonimmigrant visas, such as employment and religious visas, cost $190. The charge for a Fiancé or Spouse of a US Citizen is $265, and for a Treaty Trader/Investor is $205.
For example, diplomats, foreign government officials, NATO employees, and those traveling to conduct charitable services may not be required to pay the visa application fee. The Visa application receipt number is vital for organizing an appointment.
Step 3: Fill out DS-160
After paying the Visa Application Fee, you must complete the DS-160 form. If you have an appointment with a US Embassy or Consulate, you must fill out the form On the DS-160 Form confirmation page is a barcode. You will fill out the form online and bring it to the interview.
Input correct and precise facts while electronically filling and signing the Form.
Create a Profile
After completing the DS-160, you must create a profile in the US Visa Information Service for Nigeria. To create a new profile, select “new user”, fill in all fields, and create a password. To schedule an appointment, click “Schedule Appointment” on your dashboard’s left-hand side. To make an appointment, you will need:
The GT Bank receipt number.
Your DS-160 confirmation page’s ten (10) digit barcode.
Choosing a visa type, entering personal information, adding dependents, selecting a document delivery place, paying for the visa, and booking an appointment.
5: Visit the US Embassy
You can go to the US Embassy on the scheduled interview date and time. On the “Schedule My Appointment” tab, you will locate the required papers.
Step 6: Visa Arrival
After your appointment, your nonimmigrant visa will be delivered to the address you specified during the appointment scheduling procedure.
How to Apply for Visas
An eligible family member who is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States submits a petition on your behalf to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).
If you are coming to work in the US, your employer may also file a petition on your behalf. The USCIS website has specific instructions for filing immigrant petitions.
You can make an appointment after the Consulate contacts you or directs you to do so. The U.S. Visa Information Service for Nigeria web portal allows you to create a profile and set up appointments.
An Immigrant Visa entails a $220 USCIS Immigration Fee. Only Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants working by the US government, returning residents, and those awarded K visas are exempt from this cost.
Not the embassy, but the US Consulate General in Lagos normally receives approved US Immigration Visas. To pick up your visa, you must make an account on http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng. Create an account and a profile. It is used to return your passport and documents following the appointment. You will be alerted by email and phone to pick up your documents.
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