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Detailed US Visa Application in Nigeria Guide – 6 Steps you must follow to Succeed

Are you planning to travel to the United State? If yes, see the 6 steps you must follow to succeed in your US visa application in Nigeria.

It is possible to apply for the United States of America visas from Nigeria. However, before applying for the United States of America visas, one thing you should know is that United States of America visas are of different types, and these different types of United States of America visas are categorized under both nonimmigrant visas and immigrant visas.

And you should know that every one of this visa, which are of categories also have different requirements, including different application processes.

Detailed US Visa Application in Nigeria Guide - 6 Steps you must follow to Succeed
US Visa Officers in the US Embassy. Photo Credit: http://usembassynigeria.blogspot.com/2016/03/non-immigrant-visas-consular-officers.html

However, in this article, since my focus will be on the step-by-step guide on how to apply for United States of America visas, I will be taking you through the step-by-step approach, which you must follow in order to successfully apply for the United States of America visas, especially, the nonimmigrant visas from Nigeria, should need arises.

Steps On How To Apply For US Visa Application in Nigeria

Like I said earlier in this article, I will be explaining a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the United States of America visas from Nigeria. Below are those steps.

Step 1: You Need To Determine Your Visa Type

This is very important. Before applying for your United States of America visa from Nigeria, you need to, first of all, determine your visa type. It must be the type of visa that applies to your situation.

USA visa type depends on the purpose of your travel to the US.

Review the chart below to determine the type of visa you need. For more detailed information specific to each visa type, including how-to-apply information and more, select a link from the Visa Type column below.

Purpose of Travel to U.S. and Nonimmigrant Visas Visa Type
Athletes, amateur and professional (competing for prize money only) B-1
Athletes, artists, entertainers P
Australian worker – professional specialty E-3
Border Crossing Card: Mexico BCC
Business visitors B-1
Crewmembers (serving aboard a sea vessel or aircraft in the U.S.) D
Diplomats and foreign government officials A
Domestic employees or nannies (must be accompanying a foreign national employer) B-1
Employees of a designated international organization, and NATO G1-G5NATO
Exchange visitors J
Exchange visitors – au pairs J-1
Exchange visitors – children (under age 21) or spouse of a J-1 holder J-2
Exchange visitors – professors, scholars, teachers J-1
Exchange visitors – international cultural JQ
Fiancé(e) K-1
Foreign military personnel stationed in the U.S. A-2NATO1-6
Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in sciences, arts, education, business or athletics O-1
Free Trade Agreement (FTA) professionals: Chile H-1B1
Free Trade Agreement (FTA) professionals: Singapore H-1B1
Information media representative (media, journalists) I
Intra-company transferees L
Medical treatment, visitors for B-2
NAFTA professional workers: Mexico, Canada TN/TD
Nurses traveling to areas short of health care professionals H-1C
Physicians J-1H-1B
Religious workers R
Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge H-1B
Students – academic and language students F-1
Student dependents – dependent of an F-1 holder F-2
Students – vocational M-1
Student dependents – dependent of an M-1 holder M-2
Temporary workers – seasonal agricultural H-2A
Temporary workers – nonagricultural H-2B
Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitors B-2
Training in a program not primarily for employment H-3
Treaty investors E-2
Treaty traders E-1
Transiting the United States C
Victims of human trafficking T-1
Visa renewals in the U.S. – A, G, and NATO A1-2G1-4NATO1-6

Please note that all the visa types will be explained based on qualifications and application items and requirements.

Step 2: Make Visa Fee Payment

Once you have confirmed your visa type successfully, in the next step, the requirement will be for you to pay for the visa fees applicable to your choice of visa.

But perhaps, you decide to apply online, you are advised to visit the visa fee page. The visa fee page will list for you all types of visa, as well as their corresponding fee to each visa in the US Dollars or in the Nigerian currency, the naira.

On the bank page and payment options page, you will find the methods of payment provided there for you. There are instructions on how to make your payment. Please note that you have to keep your receipt safe since the number on the receipt will be demanded when you want to book the visa appointment.

Step 3: Complete The DS-160 Form / Pay SEVIS fee if Student’s Visa

As one of the applicants of nonimmigrant to the United States of America visa from Nigeria, you and other applicants are expected to make sure that the form called the DS-160 is completed.

Please note, before you start to fill the DS-160 form, you need to carefully read the guidelines that have to do with the filling of the DS-160 form, this is because the information you are expected to provide must be correct information and also accurate as the case may be.

This is very important since you cannot edit the form once the form is submitted. Possibly, you can seek the assistance of the Immigration Attorney, while filling the form. Please also note that to secure visa application, the DS-160 form number will be needed.

Additionally, if you are applying for US students visa, you will be required to pay for SEVIS fee.

Step 4: Schedule Your Visa Application

At this step, what is required of you is for you to create a profile with the United States of America Embassy visa system.

Note that a link will be provided, and when the link is provided, it is expected of you to click on the New User button, and also complete the form.

Make sure all the fields in the form are accurately filled, after that, create a strong password. Immediately you are through, the next thing is to log-in to your system.

Now, on your left side of the dashboard, what you will see is Schedule Appointment, click on the Schedule Appointment, and you are on your way to secure a nonimmigrant visa appointment. Now, the following are what you will need in every one of the Schedule appointment;

(a) You will need a valid passport, that you will use for your travelling to the United States of America, and the passport must contain the dates of validity six (6) months beyond the time expected you to stay in the United States.

(b) You have to get your visa application payment receipt number from the preferred bank, which is the GTbank.

(c) You have to make ready the 10 digit barcode number gotten from the confirmation page, where you completed and submitted the DS-160 form.

(d) You also need valid contact information, which must include your email and your phone number.

(e) An additional document may be required, and that will depend on the visa class, for example, 1 – 20 for student visas, and a copy of your petition, approval for petition which may be based on visas and also DS-3019 for instance, visitors visas, including other special documents, which they may be required.

Step 5: Prepare And Go For Interview

You have to prepare psychologically, and make sure that, you appeared for the interview in time, you should go in person.

You can get the relevant information about the interview, and please note that every information that has to do with the interview can be gotten at the official website, you can find that out under the button Schedule My Appointment.

Step 6: At This Point, You Have To Wait For The Verdict

Once you have concluded the interview, it is now time for you to wait for the verdict. Just know that it can be approved or it can be denied.

For instance, suppose your application is approved, the likelihood is that the visa will be sent to the drop off location, provided in the application schedule.

And perhaps, it is denied, you will also be sent why they have to decline your application, you also have the right to petition, should you think that such denial does not call for or unwarranted.

Don’t Miss: Top 47 Visa Free Countries for Nigerians

Conclusion

Before applying for the United States of America visas, one thing you should know is that United States of America visas are of different types, and these different types of United States of America visas are categorized under both nonimmigrant visas and immigrant visas.

And you should know that each of this visa, which are of categories also have different requirements, including different application processes.

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