So, How do You Get a U.S. Visa Fast in Nigeria? To be honest, most Nigerian wants to leave the “American dreams” they want to play in snow, leave that awesome life, fly abroad and enjoy the benefits of an American citizen but If you pay attention to the world news, you ought to know that the United States of America, under its current president Donald Trump, doesn’t have a soft spot towards immigrants.
It is truly is a great melting pot of diverse people, scattered across over 2,000 miles of quaint historic towns, upscale cities, and gorgeous vistas. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km ), a population of over 325 million people, the U.S. is the third-most populous country and over 350 languages spoken nationwide. It is a country you ought to visit twice or more in your lifetime.
The USA is not the easiest country in the world for immigration, this new administration is taking active steps to take these procedures up to a notch or two. The majority of Americans understand that immigration formed the very basis of their country and diversity equally brings strength. In 2013, over 40 million foreign-born immigrants represented 13% of the population resided in the United States.
Let’s look at the easiest ways that you can still successfully migrate from Nigeria to the United States of America. Despite the ever-changing rules, the main pathways remain work-based, family-based, or educational. But before we go on, take note of these terms visa, green card & immigrant:
What is a Visa?
A Travel Visa is an endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country. Visa applicants are required to pay a non-refundable visa application fee (including children) before applying for a non-immigrant visa. Immigrant Visas are most times the first step people take before receiving citizenship. A Green Card is a permit allowing a foreign national to live and work permanently in the United States. and Immigrant is a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.
How Much Is A U.S Visa
The price of U.S varies, some are $160 and others are over $500. It depends on your application and demand. This image below lists visa application fees collected by the Department of State in US Dollars and Nigerian Naira.
Types of Visas
There are two major visa types for aspiring Immigrants of the United States, they are:
Immigrant Visas/Tourism Visa (B-2)
Immigrant visas are visas for individuals who plan to reside permanently in America. B-2 Visitor Visas are visas that allow 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. This is the first step to get a U.S citizenship.
How Much Does It Cost to Become a U.S. Citizen
The current naturalization fee for a U.S. citizenship application is $725 ($640 for application processing and $85 for biometrics services), both of which are nonrefundable, whether the U.S. government approves or rejects an application.
Non-Immigrant Visas/Business Visa(B-1)
Non-Immigrant visas are for individuals who want to visit the United States for a fixed period of time. B-1 Visitor Visas are visas for business activities or commercial or professional service in the United States ie businessmen and tourists. Here, there are Work Visas, Student Visas, Business/Tourist visa and Transits Visa.
5 Easy Ways to Get a U.S. Visa
Here are the easiest ways to get a U.S. visa, green card or an immigrant. So please, roll up your sleeves and get to work on a visa.
1. Non-immigrant Visa for a Family/Spouse
This is by far the best way to get a U.S. green card and become a U.S. Citizen. A U.S. citizen/permanent resident can petition for their immediate family members, spouse, Fiancé(e)(you and your fiancee will have to prove that you have met in person within the past two years) to come to the United States to live. This is the easiest way to get your USA Visa Approved. The price of a Family/Spouse visa in Nigeria is 95,400.00 Naira.
The process begins with your spouse or immediate relative filling forms and filing a Petition for Alien Relative that establishes the relationship between you. Of course, a list of the document will be required depending on the circumstances.
DO NOTE: Close attention will be paid to the relationship, don’t be tempted to try and fake this.
The documents required for a marriage green card vary but generally include:
Proof of sponsor’s U.S. citizenship
Proof of lawful U.S. entry and status, if applicable
Police clearance certificate, if applicable.
Prior-marriage termination papers, if applicable.
Court, police and prison records, if applicable.
Military records, if applicable.
Immigration violation records , if applicable.
So, you should probably start looking for an American boyfriend/girlfriend to work the marriage angle. Once the legal relationship is established, then you can apply for an immigrant visa and legal status.
If you are planning to marry a non-U.S. citizen, hurry up and apply for a course of study so you can stay on as a student. Because the time frame after filling these documents is 90 days, after that you’ll be sent home again. And do make sure you marry within this timeframe(90 days).
Immigrating to the United States is not particularly easy, but it can be so worthwhile.
Note: You must have entered the country legally.
2. Applying for Student Visas:
Studying in America is not a sure way to permanent residence, but the procedures used to get a student visa is easier to get than others. This is another way to get your U.S. Visa approved but is limited to students. The price of student visa in Nigeria is 57,600.00 Naira.
Your visa will be either F-1(academic institutions) or M-1(vocational training). Students between the ages of 14-79 are most likely to attend an in-person meeting with an official at the U.S. Embassy in their own country during the process. One of the easiest ways to get a student visa is to apply for scholarships.
Besides, there’s 47% that you’ll get support when applying for permanent residence. More Information on Student Visa
In order to get a student visa for the United States,
1. You’ll need to first be accepted to an approved program.
2. After being accepted, enroll as a student and Exchange Visitor Information System(there is a fee you’ll have to pay & fill this U.S.A Student Form.
3. Then you’ll fill a certain form that can be used to apply for a student visa.
Here, eligibility is based on special visa categories stated in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of the United States of Ameria.
The only downside of this course is that the total number of work visas available each year is just a hundred and forty thousand (140,000) and there are also limits on the number of applicants from a particular country that may be accepted. And in most cases, you will need a job offer prior to arrival.
3. U.S Visa For Exceptional Ability
If you have an extraordinary ability, that has helped promote progress in your society. Well, it’s your time to smile, because you can easily get a visa for your exceptional ability. if you’re a multinational executive? Songwriter, poet, manager, engineer, architecture do outstanding work as a professor or researcher, etc.
Then you are in luck are soon as you’re in the U.S. radar. This procedure requires little or no monetary input and no job offer.
4. Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Advanced Degree
As I said in the above, having a skill brings you under the radar. If you hold an advanced degree or its equivalent, whether you are a skilled worker, professional or unskilled worker or a foreign national who can demonstrate exceptional ability in your field, you get easily get a U.S. Visa and Job offer to proof before being awarded a green card.
Note: This procedure depends on your academic standard as it varies and you must be in an industry where American workers are few.
How Much is a U.S. Visa Application Fee
All U.S visa fees are paid directly to the National Visa Center, U.S. Embassy, U.S. Consulate General, or the Department of Homeland Security. It is a Non-refundable fee. The type of visa for which you apply determines the fee amount. But most visa applicants pay either $160, $190 or $265 at GT Bank in Nigeria.
U.S. Visa Payment Fee in GT Bank
How Much is a U.S. Application Processing Time
The time for appointments can be up to two months, while the processing time from the application is between 5 & 15 days depending on the type of application submitted and the volume of received applications.
How to apply for a U.S. Visa?
- Upload Your Photograph according to the US Visa Photo Requirements.
- Complete the DS-160 form and submit it on the Visa Application Online Page.
- Print out the barcoded confirmation page.
- Pay the processing fee online or over the counter at a bank
- Take the receipt with your interview.
- Schedule an appointment online or through a call center (234) 1 440 6218
- Go for your US Visa Application Appointment at the US Embassy in Abuja or US Consulate General in Lagos with the following documents your passport number. processing fee payment receipt purchase date, 10-digit barcode number and other document used in the application process.
When your visa is approved, your passport and the visa document will be delivered to your chosen address.
U.S. Visa Requirements
- Original Nigerian passport with two blank pages and at least six months beyond your return date.
- Supporting documents such as invitation letters, letter of employment, provisional flight bookings and travel itinerary, etc.
- Previous passports (for travel history).
- Barcoded DS-160 form confirmation page.
- Appointment confirmation page.
- Two color photographs
- Application fee payment receipt
- Proof of funds
U.S. Visa Application in Online Portal
All U.S. Visa Applications is processed and registered online on the US Department of State website.
U.S. Visa Interview Address in Nigeria
You should visit any of the following address to begin your interview.
United States Consulate General in Lagos
|Address:||2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island,
|Telephone:||(234) 1 460 3600|
|Hours:||Monday to Thursday 7 AM – 4 PMFriday 7 AM – 1 PM|
US Embassy in Abuja
|Address:||Plot 1075 Diplomatic DriveCentral District Area,
|Telephone:||(234) 9 461 4000|
|Hours:||Monday to Friday 8 AM – 4 PM|