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How to Renew Your US Visa in Nigeria Without an Interview

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How to Renew Your US Visa in Nigeria Without an Interview

If you are a Nigerian citizen who has a valid US visa and wants to renew it, you may be able to do so without going through the hassle of an interview. This can save you time and money, and make your travel plans easier. However, not everyone is eligible for this option, and there are some steps you need to follow to apply for a visa renewal without an interview. In this article, we will explain the eligibility criteria, the application process, and the expected processing time for the visa renewal program in Nigeria.

Eligibility Criteria for Visa Renewal Without an Interview

According to the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria, you may be eligible for a visa renewal without an interview if you meet the following criteria:

  • Your previous visa was issued in Nigeria and is in the same classification as your current application. For example, if you have a B1/B2 visa (for business or tourism), you can only apply for a B1/B2 visa renewal without an interview.
  • Your previous visa was a full validity, multiple entry visa that expired within the last 48 months or will expire in the next 3 months from the date of application. For example, if your visa expired on January 1, 2020, you can apply for a visa renewal without an interview until January 1, 2024. If your visa will expire on June 1, 2024, you can apply for a visa renewal without an interview from March 1, 2024.
  • You have all your passports covering the entire period since receiving the previous visa and the passport with the most recent visa. You need to submit these passports along with your current passport when you apply for a visa renewal without an interview.
  • You have never been arrested or convicted of any crime or offense in the United States, even if you later received a waiver or pardon. If you have any criminal record in the United States, you are not eligible for a visa renewal without an interview, and you need to apply for a new visa with an interview.
  • You have never worked without authorization or remained beyond your permitted time in the United States. If you have violated the terms and conditions of your previous visa, you are not eligible for a visa renewal without an interview, and you need to apply for a new visa with an interview.

If you meet all these criteria, you can proceed to the next step of the application process. If you are not sure if you qualify, you can check your eligibility on the U.S. Travel Docs website.

Application Process for Visa Renewal Without an Interview

If you are eligible for a visa renewal without an interview, you need to do the following steps:

  • Go to any GTB bank nearest to you and pay the applicable Machine Readable Visa fees for the type of visa you want to renew . You need to keep the receipt as proof of payment, and you need to submit it along with your other documents when you apply for a visa renewal without an interview.
  • Visit the US embassy website to fill the DS-160 Visa application form and then download and print the application confirmation page. You need to complete the form with accurate and honest information, and you need to submit the confirmation page along with your other documents when you apply for a visa renewal without an interview.
  • Visit the U.S. Travel Docs website to start your application and schedule your appointment for document drop-off at a DHL location. You need to create an account on the website, select the visa type and category, and choose the visa renewal without an interview option. You will then be able to select a date and time for your document drop-off at a DHL location near you.
  • Submit your passport, DS-160 confirmation page, visa fee receipt, and two 2×2 photos at the DHL location on your scheduled date. You need to bring these documents in a sealed envelope, and you need to label the envelope with your name, passport number, and visa type. You will receive a tracking number from the DHL staff, which you can use to track the status of your application online.
  • Wait for your passport to be returned to you via DHL courier service. The processing time for the visa renewal program is expected to be up to two months, and you will not be able to retrieve your passport during that time. You will receive an email notification when your passport is ready for pickup, and you will need to present your original ID and the tracking number to collect your passport from the DHL location.

Please note that the U.S. Mission reserves the right to interview any applicant and may request additional documents at any time. If you are selected for an interview or asked to provide more documents, you will be notified by email or phone, and you will need to follow the instructions accordingly.

Conclusion

Renewing your US visa in Nigeria without an interview can be a convenient and fast way to extend your travel authorization to the United States. However, you need to make sure that you are eligible for this option, and that you follow the application process correctly. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria or the U.S. Travel Docs website for more information and assistance.

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