How to Apply for a U.S. Visa?
From the iconic Statue of Liberty in New York and legendary museums and galleries of Washington D.C. to the green pastures of Atlanta and pioneering Space Center in Houston, the United States is a place of beauty and historical wonder. And with this step-by-step guide on how to obtain a U.S. Tourist Visa, your dreams of exploring some of the most iconic landscapes in the world just got a whole lot easier. With the visa application process simplified, all you need to do is plan your trip and book your tickets!
Nigerian passport holders require a tourist visa to visit the United States. Fortunately, it is a relatively straightforward process! The first step in the U.S. Visa application process is submitting your application online through the U.S. Department of State Consular Electronic Application Center. You will then need to apply for a U.S. visa and attend your interview at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or United States Consulate General in Lagos.
We recommend checking your eligibility before beginning the application process and submitting your application at least three months in advance in advance of flight departure.
Please note this process is applicable to Nigerian passport holders. Travelstart does not provide advice or assist with processing visas. The content of this article is listed as recommended by research and the U.S Embassy. Kindly check the embassy’s website BEFORE applying for your visa.
Types of visas
The two most common Nonimmigrant Visas (Visitor Visas) for the United States are the Tourism (B-2) and Business (B-1) visas.
The B-2 Visitor Visa allows the holder to stay in the United States for up to six months at a time. The validity of the visa is usually about two years.
Find out more about the Business (B-1) visa.
Note: Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of return.
The wait time for appointments can be up to two months, while the processing time for the application is usually between 5 to 15 days. These times can vary depending on the type of application submitted, whether the application is complete, and the volume of received applications.
U.S. Visa Fees
The non-refundable application fee for business and tourist visas is about ₦57,680.00 (about $160). Payments can be made in cash at a GTBank branch or online if you are an account holder at GTBank. They are also subject to change whenever the embassy deems it fit.
Note: You will need to present your passport when you make a payment at a GTBank branch. You should also ensure you receive a receipt when making the payment, as you will need to provide this when you attend your interview.
U.S. Visa Requirements
- An original Nigerian passport that has two blank pages for visa and entry stamps and is valid for at least six months beyond your return date.
- Previous passports (for travel history).
- Barcoded DS-160 form confirmation page.
- Appointment confirmation page.
- Two colour photos that meet the U.S. visa photo requirements.
- Application fee payment receipt.
- Proof of funds (i.e. bank statements, payslips, proof of assets and investments etc.)
- Supporting documents such as invitation letters, letter of employment, provisional flight bookings and travel itinerary etc.
Where to apply
Applications can be done online through the U.S. Department of State website.
You will submit your U.S. Visa application online but will be required to attend the visa interview in person at the embassy or consulate general.
U.S. Embassy in Abuja
|Address:||Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive|
Central District Area,
|Telephone:||(234) 9 461 4000|
|Hours:||Monday to Friday 8 AM – 4 PM|
United States Consulate General in Lagos
|Address:||2 Walter Carrington Crescent|
|Telephone:||(234) 1 460 3600|
|Hours:||Monday to Thursday 7 AM – 4 PM|
Friday 7 AM – 1 PM
Getting there and parking options
Parking is available next to the U.S. Embassy in Abuja and U.S. Consulate General in Lagos. Transport options include taxis and buses.
Courier service / Document Drop-Off Locations
If your application is successful, there are two options for getting your passport back:
- Pick-up from a DHL or VFS collection office.
- Courier delivery to your chosen address.
Note: You will be able to choose a collection point for your passport and visa or opt to make use of a courier service when scheduling your visa interview.
You will be notified when your passport is ready for collection.
If you need to submit additional documents for processing they can be dropped off at one of the DHL or VFS drop-off and collection offices.
VFS Document Drop-Off Locations can be found at these addresses:
|Abuja||38 Lobito Crescent|
|Ikeja, Lagos||16 Billings Way|
Oregun Industrial Area
|Lekki, Lagos||Block 94, Plot 23, Providence Street|
Lekki Scheme 1
DHL Document Drop-Off Locations can be found at these addresses:
|Abuja||63 Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent|
|Isolo, Lagos||New Airport road junction|
Apapa Oshodi Express Way
|Victoria Island, Lagos||Plot 230|
Muri Okunola Street
|Kaduna||16 Ahmadu Bello Way|
|Port Harcourt||82 Trans Amadi Road|
How to apply for a U.S. visa?
- Photographs that meet the U.S. visa photo requirements should be obtained before beginning the application process. You will need to upload a digital photograph with your application.
- Complete the DS-160 form and submit the visa application online through the U.S. Department of State website. Print out the barcoded confirmation page.
- Pay the non-refundable processing fee online or over the counter at a bank. You will need to take the receipt with to your interview.
- Schedule an appointment online or through a call centre (234) 1 440 6218. You will need the following documents when making your appointment:
- Your passport number.
- Your fee payment receipt purchase date.
- The 10-digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page.
- Gather your documents and any supporting documents that may help your application.
- Attend your U.S. visa appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or U.S. Consulate General in Lagos. You will need to bring the following documents with you to the interview:
- Your current and previous passports
- Appointment confirmation letter
- Barcoded DS-160 confirmation page
- Receipt of the visa application fee
- A colour photograph that meets the photo requirements
- If your visa is approved, your passport with the visa will be delivered to the pick-up location you specified when you scheduled your appointment or couriered to your chosen address.
Printing and photographs
Photocopy and photography services are available at the following locations:
|Address:||Palms Shopping Mall, 1 Bisway Street,|
|Telephone:||(234) 803 473 3069|
Exact Office Nigeria
|Address:||1 Balogun Street, Off Awolowo Avenue,|
|Telephone:||(234) 815 814 7738|
Fotogold Studio Limited
|Address:||Plot 10, Lagos Crescent,|
|Telephone:||(234) 803 705 3201|
Photo Works Lab
|Address:||Suite C86, Murg Shopping Mall, Akwa Street,|
Area 10, Garki, Abuja
|Telephone:||(234) 809 812 9319|
Clin Cyber Cafe & Business Center
|Address:||Suite CDS2, Ground Floor, 354 Mike Akhigbe Way,|
|Telephone:||(234) 703 196 2009|
|Address:||78 Abidjan Street & Off Herbert Marcaulay Way,|
Zone 3, Wuse, Abuja
|Telephone:||(234) 803 597 5901|
All information on this blog page was correct at the time of publishing and may change at any time without prior notice. Travelstart is not affiliated with immigration authorities or their application centres and will not be liable for loss or inconvenience arising from the use of this volatile information. Travelstart can also not be held liable if the U.S. Embassy denies your visa and/or you forfeit any moneys during the transaction.