If you are a Nigerian living in the Nigeria and you needed to apply for an American Visa, this post is for you. Do your best to apply between 2 weeks to 3 months before your time of travel. It is important that you have evidence of flight and hotel booking before applying.

There are several visas one can apply for. This post is focused only on two, which are:

  • Immigrant Visa: This is a type of visa that permits one to immigrate to U. S. and apply for admission as a legal permanent resident (LPR). Applying for an Immigrant Visa is not easy; there are stringent conditions you need to fulfill before you can begin the application process. You have to first write and have your petition approved by the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). After the approval then you can then apply for the immigrant visa. Kindly visit http://ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-iv-visaapplyinfo.asp for more details about how to apply for Immigrant Visa.
  • Non-immigrant Visa: This is a type of visa that permits one residing permanently outside U. S. to visit U. S. temporarily either as a student, tourist, medical patient etc. Applying for the Non-immigrant Visa is not difficult; the steps below explain it.


How to Apply for a Non-immigrant Visa


Determine the type of visa by checking here. There are varying qualifications as to each application type. Read carefully and choose the one that suits you. There is a Visa Waiver Program available for participating countries which entitles its citizens to visit US without applying for visa if they are only staying for 90 days or less. At the time of writing this post, Nigeria is not a member of the program, so you need a visa to visit the U. S. no matter the number of days you are staying.



Pay the visa fee. After you have made your choice as to the type of visa, make the correct payment for the type of visa applying for here.



Obtain and fill the DS-160 form. There are guidelines for completing the form here, do read it carefully. Fill in the appropriate and correct information once and for all. There shall be no opportunity for amendment after submission.



Create a profile in the US system by clicking the link. Once there select ‘New User.’ Complete all the fields provided then create a password. If properly done your dashboard will appear. After that, click on ‘Schedule Appointment’ on the left-hand side of your screen. By this you have started the scheduling process. You will be required to have the following for the scheduling:

  • Your passport number
  • Your GT Bank receipt number
  • Your DS-160 confirmation page ten digit barcode number

Follow the instruction on the page, select your visa type, add dependants, select delivery location, confirm visa payment and then schedule your appointment.

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Confirm the date and time of your visa interview from the U. S. Embassy in Abuja or the Consulate General in Lagos. Here are the addresses:

US. Embassy, Abuja

Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive

Central District Area,

Abuja, Nigeria.

Phone: +234-9-461-4000


US. Consulate General, Lagos

2, Walter Carrington Crescent

Victoria Island,

Lagos, Nigeria.

Phone: +234-1-460-3400


You can confirm the necessary documentation required for your appointment at Schedule My Appointment page before going to the embassy.



After the interview, if your visa is approved it will be sent to the drop-off address you indicated in your form. All the best.

The information provided in this post is gotten from the U. S. Embassy, if you are in doubt you can visit the U. S. Embassy or their page here for clarification.

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