Finally, there’s hope for Nigerian students whose plan are to study in the United States as its Mission in Nigeria just said it will prioritise visa applications by students who hope to resume academic studies by September 2021.
According to a statement released on Friday and signed by Temitayo Famutimi of the Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate General, titled, ‘US Announces Priority Appointments for Student Visa Applicants’, the Mission said it would prioritise visa interview appointments for Nigerian students well in advance of their programme start date.
Susan Tuller, the US Mission Country Consular Coordinator reportedly said the Mission would make every effort to assist student visa applicants in a timely fashion while keeping personnel and customers safe.
“As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and customers, processing student visas remains a high priority for the US Mission in Nigeria.
“We will increase the number of student visa appointments in May and June to ensure that we can offer appointments to as many students as possible. If your US studies are scheduled to begin this Fall, we encourage you to schedule your appointment as quickly as possible,” Tuller was quoted as saying in the statement.
While warning applicants against the use of third-party services, including touts, and fixers who broker visa appointments, Tulle explained that all student visa appointments must be booked through the US Travel Docs website.
“Both Nigeria and the United States benefit when Nigerian students study at one of our world-class educational institutions. To prepare for your U.S. educational opportunity, we encourage you to check out EducationUSA Advising Centers at our American Spaces in Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, and Calabar,” she added.
She said that agents or third parties often seek to benefit by charging a fee for their services and they may not always provide the correct information, which can harm an applicant’s chances of qualifying for the visa.
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