U.S. embassy in Nigeria receives .2m visa applications

Posted: December 24, 2014 in travel & tourism

wpid-fascinating-nigeria.jpgThe United States Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate in Lagos received more than 220,000 non-immigrant visa applications between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 with approval for 143, 000 of them.

The Consular Chief of the embassy, Ms Stacie Hankins, disclosed this while responding to questions from newsmen on the new visa procedures, Tuesday in Abuja.

Hankins said that the figure represented an increase of about 38,000 visa applications when compared with the 182,000 applications in the previous year.

“Between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013, the embassy in Abuja and consulate in Lagos received more than 182,000 non-immigrant visa applications, the majority of which were approved.

“Between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014, we received more than 220,000 applications.

“Again, the majority of those applications were approved.

“We hope that Nigerians’ desire to visit our beautiful country will continue to grow.

“And we look forward to working with our partners to allow qualified tourists and business travellers to do so,” she said.

According to her, the Consulate in Lagos received 15, 500 immigrant visa applications between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014, out of which 4, 900 applications were approved.

Hankins said that there had been increase in the visa application received by the embassy over the last five years.

She added that there was no limit to the visa application the embassy could receive and approve.

Hankins also announced the opening of the new DHL Document Collection Centre in Port Harcourt.

According to her, the embassy believes that the change will make application processing faster and more efficient.

“Passport collection via the centre in Port Harcourt will take one additional day. Individuals whose visa applications are approved can expect their passports within four days. Drop box applicants can expect their passports within seven to 10 days,” she said.

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