10 Reasons why American Visa is Difficult to Get in Nigeria

Getting US Visa in Nigeria is very difficult. In this post, we will show you the 10 Reasons why American Visa is Difficult to Get in Nigeria. Currently, the rate at which the US visa is given in Nigeria is about 0.003 percent. That is one in every 400 applicants.

Quite a number of Nigerians usually approach some foreign embassies in Lagos and in Abuja in an attempt to secure visa and travel out of the country, for example, the American embassy. But the bitter truth is that your quest to leave the country for America can actually be cut short at the American embassy.

Another truth is that after some transactions between the American embassy and these travel-seekers, only a few persons will be allowed to travel to America, while the embassy will send others home without a visa. You might want to ask, what are the reasons why an American visa is difficult to get in Nigeria? The answer is not far fetched. Read them below;

Reasons American Visa Is Difficult to Get In Nigeria:

Below are some of the reasons why American visa is difficult to get in Nigeria;

1. Lack of Travel History:

When there is no travel history, the likelihood will be that, there will be doubt. For instance, once you present your passport at the embassy, one of the criteria for issuance of visa is that the embassy will ask for the number of times or countries you have traveled to before.

Please note, l did not say, you cannot be given a visa if it is your first time, but you have to get a genuine reason why you want to travel with complete requirements. If you are a first timer, then you have to do your homework properly before the interview.

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2. Falsified Documents:

So many Nigerians are guilty of this practice. When you are not able to provide all the original documents that are demanded by the embassy, for example, Certificate of Occupancy, and bank statements, including all the other documents, it will be difficult to secure American embassy.

When you also go as far as, trying to replicate the original certificates, this will also put you into trouble and you can be banned for many years not to travel to America.

3. When They Detect Poor Interview Skills In You:

You can have difficulty in securing an American visa if you respond poorly to interview questions. Attaining a travel interview can be very tricky, that is why, as a traveller, you have to be well mannered and also prepared properly before you attain travel interview. For a number of people, this is where the can experience difficulty in getting an American visa in Nigeria

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4. Insufficient Funds:

Traveling to America from Nigeria is never a  cheap journey. You have to get so much money for travelling as a way of making ends meet.

The embassy is to be satisfied first beyond doubts that there is money with you and that, you are comfortable before you are allowed to leave Nigeria for America.

From your bank statement, the embassy will see that your money is intact, and that, you can handle your money well.

So much is to be done with money, and the Americans will not allow you to come to them without having sufficient money, otherwise, getting a visa will be difficult.

5. When You Have No Strong Home Ties:

No home ties will mean that, to obtain visa will be difficult in Nigeria. You have to get home ties to be able to secure an American visa.

Suppose you do not have home ties such as family, and kids, and business, and land properties including any others thing that can easily bring you home when you travel, you can have difficulty in obtaining an American visa.

This is necessary, and it is important to present at the embassies with the proof that you have home ties or something that may convince the embassy that, there are things that can always come back home.

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6. How You Respond Questions During An Interview:

Responding to travel interview questions may be the greatest undoing in your quest to secure an American visa.

Travel interviews can go on smoothly, and suddenly the visa officer comes up with a question, such that the traveller was not properly prepared for.

And any weak and feeble answer given by the traveller can become his greatest undoing which may result in the traveller having difficulty to secure the American visa.

That is why it is advisable to speak and/or write answers very clearly. It is also important to avoid using big grammar, etc.

7. When You Have Difficulty In Explaining Your Source Of Income:

You have to explain convincingly the source of the money found in your bank statement, otherwise, you may have difficulty in getting your visa.

Also, the embassy may think that you want permanent entry into America, and it is incumbent on you to prove them otherwise.

So one way of the ways to prove the embassy otherwise is by presenting shreds of evidence that you get strong economic reasons that when you travel will visit or return to Nigeria.

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8. When You Have History Of Refusal:

Once the embassy noted that, you have a history of refusal of American visa, or perhaps, if they saw that you have a history of such refusals from different embassies, they may probably think that, you are desperate to leave Nigeria.

Please note, suppose you have been refused any visa by any embassy, do not submit an application for a visa any further until you consult relevant authorities or any reputable professional.

9. When Applying For Visa Not Consistent With Your Lifestyle:

When applying for an American visa, make sure you apply a visa category that is consistent with your lifestyle, otherwise, you will have difficulty in getting your visa.

Sometimes, the way Nigerians apply for an American visa makes someone wonder what was in their head, when they apply for a visa.

For example, there are vacation packages which involve singles, or couples, or families and even businesses on occasion, such as Valentine, and Easter, and Summer or even Christmas get-aways; to America.

10. When Your Agent Did Not Ask You Basic Questions:

Always ensure that your agent or your consultant who you use, ask you basic and relevant questions before you submit your application, otherwise you may have difficulty in securing your visa.

Some Nigerians can come with strange stories to tell. Take, for instance, imagine you walk into an office and tell the person that you gave one agent your passport to do visa for you, and that, he has submitted your application to the embassy, adding that, he did everything, and now l am having difficulty to obtain my visa. That will be your fault.


In this article, l have been able to discuss the possible reasons why America visa can be difficult to get in Nigeria. From the above submission, you can now decide on how to approach the American embassy in order to secure your visa.

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