The US Embassy has announced new drop box rules that will surely bring smiles to Nigerians. The expanded Drop Box Visa Renewal Program took off June 9.
The announcement was made on the US Embassy website.
According to the new rules, certain categories of visa applicants “who have previously been issued U.S. visas” may now “renew their visas without attending an interview.”
This development will no doubt reduce the daily throng at the US embassy and will also lessen the workload on frazzled consular officials.
A caveat, however, accompanied the announcement:
Please note that participation in this program does not guarantee visa issuance. Additionally, the consular section may request applicants to attend a visa interview in certain cases, despite having submitted their application through the Drop Box program.”
Below, the statement as taken from the website:
The United States Mission to Nigeria is pleased to announce an expansion of the Drop Box Visa Renewal Program, tentatively to start of June 9th. This program allows certain visa applicants who have previously been issued U.S. visas to renew their visas without attending an interview.
To qualify for the DHL Drop Box Visa Renewal Program, visa applicants must be applying to renew either a B1/B2, an F, an L, or an H visa. They must satisfy all of the following criteria for their visa class. If applying as a group or family, all members must fulfill each criteria to use the program.
For a B1/B2 visa holder:
- The applicant is a Nigerian passport holder;
- The applicant principally resides in Nigeria;
- The applicant’s last visa interview resulted in an issuance;
- The applicant was issued a two-year B1/B2 United States visa;
- The visa expired no more than two years prior to reissuance;
- The applicant was at least 14 years old at the time of the last issuance or will be under the age of 14 at the time of reissuance; and
- The applicant has never been arrested nor had an encounter with law enforcement, customs, or immigration officials in the United States.
To read the full announcement, click here.