US Announces Priority Appointments For Student Visa Applicants.
The US Mission will prioritise student visa applicants and ensure Nigerian students resuming this Fall get visa interview appointments well in advance of their program start date.
US Announces Priority Appointments For Student Visa Applicants
US Mission Country Consular Coordinator Susan Tuller announced on Friday the Embassy in Abuja and Consulate General in Lagos will make every effort to assist student visa applicants in a timely fashion while keeping personnel and customers safe.
Tuller explained all student visa appointments must be booked through the US Travel Docs website at www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/.
She warned applicants against the use of third-party services, including touts and fixers who broker visa appointments.
According to her, 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.
Nigeria sends more students to American colleges and universities than any other country in Africa and is the eleventh largest source worldwide of international students to the United States.
In academic year 2019-2020, a record-breaking number of nearly 14,000 Nigerians pursued graduate and undergraduate degrees in the United States.
Over the last 21 years, the Education USA Advising Centers in Nigeria have directly contributed to an increase in the number of highly qualified Nigerian applicants to U.S. institutions.
In 2020, advisees of Education USA services received scholarships worth $28 million.