The United States Government said on Friday that the suspension of the non-immigrant visa interview waiver process, popularly referred to as ‘drop box’ is still in force and not yet been lifted in Nigeria.
The clarification by the embassy is coming against the background of recent media reports which suggests the lifting of the ban.
In a statement via its social media platforms on Friday, the embassy said despite media reports, the interview waiver scheme remains suspended in Nigeria.
The embassy noted that those who want to travel from Nigeria must apply for a visa and appear for an interview.
It explained that each country eligibility is assessed based on numerous factors like overstay rate and visa-related fraud.
“’Drop Box’ visa processing is not available in Nigeria, according To U.S. mission To Nigeria,” the embassy said.
“Despite recent media reports, the nonimmigrant visa interview waiver process, popularly known as the “drop box,” has been discontinued in Nigeria since 2018.
“The State Department continually evaluates each country’s eligibility based on numerous factors including overstay rates and visa-related fraud.
“U.S. Mission Nigeria is committed to promoting legitimate travel to the United States. All applicants who wish to apply for a visa must kindly appear for an interview.”
Recall that the US state department had recently announced the expansion of interview waiver eligibility.
Previously, only applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 24 months were eligible for an interview waiver but it has temporarily extended the expiration period to 48 months.
However, Nigeria was removed from the waiver eligibility in 2018 but the recent announcement was misunderstood to mean applicants from the country would now qualify.