The United States Mission to Nigeria is pleased to announce an expansion of the Drop Box Visa Renewal Program, tentatively to start of June 9th.  This program allows certain visa applicants who have previously been issued U.S. visas to renew their visas without attending an interview.

To qualify for the DHL Drop Box Visa Renewal Program, visa applicants must be applying to renew either a B1/B2, an F, an L, or an H visa. They must satisfy all of the following criteria for their visa class.  If applying as a group or family, all members must fulfill each criteria to use the program.

For a B1/B2 visa holder:

  • The applicant is a Nigerian passport holder;
  • The applicant principally resides in Nigeria;
  • The applicant’s last visa interview resulted in an issuance;
  • The applicant was issued a two-year B1/B2 United States visa;
  • The visa expired no more than two years prior to reissuance;
  • The applicant was at least 14 years old at the time of the last issuance or will be under the age of 14 at the time of reissuance; and
  • The applicant has never been arrested nor had an encounter with law enforcement, customs, or immigration officials in the United States.

For an F visa holder:

  • The applicant is a Nigerian passport holder;
  • The applicant’s last visa interview resulted in issuance of an F visa;
  • The visa expired no more than one year prior to reissuance;
  • The applicant is attending the same school the original visa was issued for;
  • The applicant’s endorsed I-20 is submitted with the application;
  • A current transcript is included with the application;
  • The applicant was at least 14 years old at the time of the last issuance or will be under the age of 14 at the time of reissuance; and
  • The applicant has never been arrested nor had an encounter with law enforcement, customs, or immigration officials in the United States.

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For an L visa holder:

  • The applicant is a Nigerian passport holder;
  • The applicant’s last visa interview resulted in issuance of an L visa;
  • The visa expired no more than one year prior to reissuance;
  • The same petition is provided that was used in the previous visa application;
  • Receipts showing payment of all necessary fees are provided;
  • The applicant was at least 14 years old at the time of the last issuance or will be under the age of 14 at the time of reissuance; and
  • The applicant has never been arrested nor had an encounter with law enforcement, customs, or immigration officials in the United States.

For an H visa holder:

  • The applicant is a Nigerian passport holder;
  • The applicant’s last visa interview resulted in issuance of an H visa;
  • The visa expired no more than one year prior to reissuance;
  • The same petition is provided that was used in the previous visa application;
  • Receipts showing payment of all necessary fees are provided;
  • The applicant was at least 14 years old at the time of the last issuance or will be under the age of 14 at the time of reissuance; and
  • The applicant has never been arrested nor had an encounter with law enforcement, customs, or immigration officials in the United States.

 

Applicants who satisfy these criteria should follow the visa application instructions on the U.S. Embassy Nigeria website at http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/niv_appointmnent_instructions.html.  The CGI visa appointment website will ask applicants a series of questions reflecting the criteria for the DHL Drop Box Visa Renewal Program.  Qualifying applicants will be prompted to print a letter confirming their eligibility for the program and instructing them to drop off the letter with their passport, application confirmation sheet, passport photos, visa fee receipt, and appropriate forms to one of the DHL facilities in Abuja or Lagos.  The application packets are adjudicated and returned to the applicant’s selected DHL location within 7-10 business days.

Please note that participation in this program does not guarantee visa issuance.  Additionally, the consular section may request applicants to attend a visa interview in certain cases, despite having submitted their application through the Drop Box program.

Source: United States Embassy Website