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How To Renew US Visa in Nigeria

Do you have an expired US Visa and perhaps speculating how to go about your US visa renewal in Nigeria? Here is a step by step guide to help you renew your USA visa.

But before then, you need to know that whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa, the U.S. visa application process is the same.

Besides, your visa may be valid even if the passport your visa was stamped expires. You can still travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

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It is also important to note that the visa renewal is only applicable to you if you are reapplying for a visa in the same category as your expired visa.

For instance, if you hold an expired H1 work visa, you cannot renew it for a visit visa of (B1/B2). The visa you want to renew has to be in the same category.

This post explains how to renew your USA Visa in an easy way. Here is a guide with the steps to help you with your US visa renewal in Nigeria.

According to the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General website, you may be eligible for a visa renewal appointment if you meet the following criteria:

1. You wish to renew a U.S. visa of the same category as a U.S. visa that is at present valid or which expired not more than 12 months following the date of your interview.
For example, you had an H-1 work visa and wish to apply for another H-1 work visa.

2. You are a Nigerian citizen that hold a Nigerian passport, and were beforehand issued a full validity visa (ex: 24 months for B1/B2).

3. You are a long-term resident of Nigeria with a different nationality who previously received a full-validity U.S. visa (Note: length of validity is dependent on nationality and category of visa).

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You Are Not Eligible For US Visa Renewal If:

a. You are applying for a US visa for the first time.

b. Your visa expired more than 12 months ago.

c. Your visa was cancelled or revoked.

d. You wish to apply for a visa in a different category other than you currently hold.

e. You need to apply for skilled work Visas.

f. Your passport is expired while carrying a valid US visa.

g. You need to apply for more than one category of visa at the same time.

Important Documents Needed for US Visa Renewal

The following documents are needed to apply for a US visa renewal:

a. A Valid Passport: You can provide any expired passport that contains your expired visa at the Embassy/Consulate General on the day of your appointment.

b. Visa renewal application form that has been properly filled as required.

Procedure for US Visa Renewal in Nigeria

You can now easily renew your US Visa without having to attend an interview, because of the newly introduced Dropbox Visa Renewal service. The service is however only available for those holding B1/B2 Visa holders, F, H and L visas.

To apply for U.S Visa Renewal, simply

1. Go to any GTB bank nearest to you and pay the applicable Machine Readable Visa fees for the type of Visa you want to renew.

2. Visit the US embassy website to fill the DS-160 Visa application form.

3. Download and print the application confirmation page. Ensure you keep your receipt and the confirmation page print-out safe.

4. Visit the CGI Visa appointment website for the US mission to Nigeria and click on the “Apply Now” button on top right side of the screen.

5. Answer all the questions correctly, and if you are lucky to qualify you would be able to print out an application confirmation sheet with details of when to submit your application to the DHL facilities located in Abuja or Lagos.

6. Select your ideal pick-up location for your passport in case you qualify and your visa would be returned to preferred location within 7 to 10 business days.

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The Types of Visa and Their Cost

            Visa

            Type

 

 Description Fee Amount (USD) Fee Amount (NGN)
             B  Business/Tourist $160 64000.00
             C-1   Transit $160 64000.00
             D   Ship/Airline Crew $160 64000.00
              E   Treaty Trader/Investor, Australian

Professional

Specialty

$205 82000.00
              F   Student (academic) $160 64000.00
              H   Temporary/Seasonal Workers and

Employment,

Trainees

$190 76000.00
              I   Journalist and Media $160 64000.00
              J   Exchange Visitor $160 64000.00
              K   Fiancé(e) or Spouse of U.S. Citizen $265 106000.00
              L   Intra-company Transferees $190 76000.00
              M   Student (vocational) $160 64000.00
              O   Persons with Extraordinary Ability $190 76000.00
              P   Athletes. Artists & Entertainers $190 76000.00
              Q   International Cultural Exchange $190 76000.00
              R   Religious Worker $190 76000.00
              TN/TD   NAFTA Professionals $160 64000.00

 

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Conclusion

Whether you are applying for the first time or renewing your visa, you need to know that the U.S. visa application process is the same.

You are advised to kindly check the website of the US embassy before applying for        renewal of your visa.

If everything goes successfully, then you will get your visa within 7 to10 business days. Remember, you can ask the USA embassy about assistance in your visa application if the need arises.

Furthermore, your visa may be valid even if the passport your visa was stamped expires. You can still travel to the United States with your old passport containing a valid visa and your new, valid passport.

It is also important to note that the visa renewal is only applicable to you if you are reapplying for a visa in the same category as your expired visa.

For instance, if you hold an expired H1 work visa, you cannot renew it for a visit visa of (B1/B2). The visa you want to renew has to be in the same category.

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The visa processing time depends on the type of visa you are reapplying for. So, do not expect that you will get your visa faster or easier than anyone else.

If the above Visa renewal information has helped you greatly, we would like to hear your comments. Also share with us any other information you know or experience you’ve had in the past concerning visa renewal.

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