The United States Consulate in Nigeria on Tuesday 14th May, 2019 suspended interview waivers for renewals, otherwise known as the “Dropbox” process, in Nigeria indefinitely.
The U.S. Mission to Nigeria disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
It explained that the suspension would take effect immediately at the close of business on Tuesday, stressing that it would no longer accept visa applications by DHL in Nigeria.
The mission, however, gave assurance that those who have already submitted their passports to DHL for processing via “Dropbox” at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos would not be affected by the development.
It added that the processing of diplomatic and official (A, G, and NATO class) visa applications was not also affected.
The new procedure, according to the mission, is that non-immigrant visa applicants in Nigeria must apply online and appear in-person at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or U.S. Consulate General in Lagos to submit their application and review.
Many Nigerians who have gotten the US visa in the past and had hopes that they will no longer be called for interview when reapplying have had their hope dashed by this new development.
Read the press release below: