The Embassy consulate of the United States in Nigeria has suspended the interview waiver popularly known as DROP BOX application process effective MAY 14 2019.
All applicants are required to schedule a regular appointment until further notice…
According to a statement released by the embassy on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the drop box application process has been suspended effective immediately.
Before the suspension, Nigerian holders of US visa types B1/B2, F, H, and L could renew their US visa by making use of several drop box locations across Nigeria without attending physical interviews.
With the suspension, such people will now have to visit the embassy in Abuja or consulate in Lagos for in-person interviews.
“All applicants in Nigeria seeking a non-immigrant visa to the United States must apply online, and will be required to appear in-person at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or U.S. Consulate General in Lagos to submit their application for review.
“Applicants must appear at the location they specified when applying for the visa renewal,” the statement read.
The embassy noted that those who have already submitted their passports via dropbox to DHL for processing before Tuesday will not be affected by the suspension.
Processing of diplomatic and official (A, G, and NATO class) visa applications will also continue unchanged.
The embassy assured that it is taking the new step to provide more efficient customer service and promote legitimate travel.
For you wey no understand… It means those attempting to renew their visas must now attend visa interviews like first-timers.
Prior to the policy change, it was possible for Nigerians who were renewing their existing or expired visa to apply for a renewal online, via the visa drop box service.