U.S upgrades Nigeria in visa issuance; names new CG for Lagos Office

Posted: September 3, 2012 in travel & tourism

Following the continued upsurge of applications by Nigerians to the United States Embassy for visas, the Mission in Nigeria has disclosed that the country, along with Brazil and China, will now top its priority list for visa issuance to applicants, just as the Mission also formally presented its Consul General for the Lagos Consulate.

Announcing the new U.S visa policy in Abuja, at the monthly press briefing, US Consular Officer, Ms Patty Neary, said the move aims to drastically reduce the hassles and constraints encountered by the teeming applicants from these countries, especially Nigeria.

She further informed that with the new status of the Nigeria in visa issuance procedure, the embassy will deploy more staff and capacity to process applications from Nigeria at the embassy and consulate in Lagos.

“Majority of those visas have been issued. Nigeria became a priority nation in 2012, following the recent upsurge. We are absolutely committed to facilitating legitimate travels and to do that, you need to help us,” said the embassy staff.

Advising applicants to avoid dealing with touts or auxiliary agencies for visa applications, Neary said there was no need to pay a tout to assist in the processing of visa, adding that applicants should rather go on the internet and pay $160 for visa.

“We can’t stress enough, the need for all of you to make your own appointment individually because of its importance. You do not need anyone, you do not need a company to help you process your visa,” she said.

Meanwhile, the United States Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Terence McCulley has formally presented the new Consul General of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins to select Nigerian audience at a reception held in Lagos last Thursday.

The reception was attended by the cream of the Nigerian society, from the government, the civil society, academics, NGOs and the private sector.  Prominent dignitaries at the event included the former Head of State, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Kayode Fayemi, Osun State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori and Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

Award-winning novelist, Ms. Chimamanda Adichie graced the occasion with a reading of The Shivering from her book, The Thing Around Your Neck.

The Consul General expressed his delight to be in Nigeria and pledged to do his best to work with everyone to advance the mutual interests of the United States and Nigeria.

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