The United States government has announced an extension of the visitor visa validity from 24 months to 60 months for Nigerians who want to enter the United States temporarily for business and/or tourism.
The extension, which takes effect from March 1, 2023, will increase visitor visa validity, allowing Nigerians to make short trips to the United States for tourism or business purposes for up to 60 months before having to renew their visa.
A statement issued by the Public Affairs Section of the United States Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria said that the visa application fee, currently USD160, will not increase as a result of the increased visa validity. It further stated that increasing visa validity is one of several initiatives taken by the United States to reduce visa appointment wait times in Nigeria. The U.S. Mission continues to offer No-Interview Visa Renewals to those who meet the eligibility criteria, and appointments for No-Interview Visa Renewals are readily available.
You may be eligible for a visa renewal without an interview if your application is for a B1/B2, F, M, J (academic only), H, L, or C1/D (combined only) visa, and you meet all of the following criteria: You are physically present in Nigeria, your previous visa was issued in Nigeria, your previous visa is in the same classification as your current application, your previous visa was a full-validity, multiple-entry visa; your previous visa expired within the last 48 months or will expire in the next 3 months from the date of application, you have all your passports covering the entire period since receiving the previous visa and the passport with the most recent visa, you have never been arrested or convicted of any crime or offence in the United States, even if you later received a waiver or pardon, you have never worked without authorisation or remained beyond your permitted time in the United States.
For further information, visit https://ng.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas/. If you are qualified based on the above criteria, visit https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng to start your application. Please note that processing times for the program are expected to be up to two months, and you will not be able to retrieve your passport during that time. Each applicant must individually meet the criteria; minors can apply without an interview only if they meet the eligibility criteria on their own.
For emergency appointments, those who have a life-or-death emergency may request an expedited, in-person interview. However, to accommodate No-Interview Visa Renewals, appointments will be very limited. Business travel, conferences, weddings, and graduations are not considered emergencies. If you have an emergency and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng or +234-1-227-8955 to request an emergency appointment.
Lastly, the statement cautioned that third parties unaffiliated with the U.S. Embassy Abuja and Consulate General Lagos may seek to take advantage of various visa services to target visa applicants with fraudulent offers or claims. Therefore, applicants should fill out their forms and make their appointments themselves via the official websites. As future opportunities for Interview Waiver appointments become available, they will be communicated via our website. Remember to rely on information only from genuine sources: https://travel.state.gov, https://ng.usembassy.gov/visas/, and Apply for a U.S. Visa | Home – Nigeria (English). Avoid becoming the victim of a scam.