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Over 150,000 Nigerians applied for U.S. Visa this year-Chargé d’Affaires

Chargé d’Affaires, David Greene, reveals efforts to overcome visa appointment challenges as the embassy records over 150,000 interviews with Nigerian applicants

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In an exclusive interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, Mr. David Greene, the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, shared insights into the embassy’s ongoing efforts to streamline visa processes. Acknowledging the persistent demand for visa appointments, Greene emphasized his commitment to addressing the existing gap.

Greene disclosed, “When it comes to visas specifically, well, of course, it is a simple fact that the demand for visa appointments outnumbers the supply.” Despite the challenges posed by this demand-supply disparity, the embassy has undertaken a substantial number of interviews, surpassing 150,000 for general visas and an additional 30,000 for student visa applicants.

He elaborated, “We are doing the best we can to get proper ways for all the categories, and after having an enormous backlog as a result of COVID-19 and all that, we have made great progress though.” Greene highlighted a significant step taken in March: instituting a five-year term for U.S. visas to facilitate smoother processes.

Encouraging potential travelers to the U.S., Greene urged early applications and emphasized the importance of tying visa requests to specific events. He stated, “Folks that are seeking visas should apply early; make sure that the plan is for as long as they can.” Recognizing the existing backlog, he reassured applicants that efforts were underway to ensure those in need of a U.S. visa could obtain them.

The disclosure comes amidst the embassy’s persistent commitment to managing visa-related challenges and enhancing the application experience for Nigerian citizens.

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