You can finish with the Application in a day if you have all the required documents but Considering the fact that you’ll be scheduled for an interview after the applying for the U.S.A visa; you may not be able to get the visa immediately.
Now, before you apply for a U.S visa you should know the two categories of visa: Immigrant and non-immigrant visa.
The U.s family visa and U.s Green card visa fall under the immigrant category while student visa, travel visa for work, travel visa for tourism, U.S business visa fall under the non-immigrant visa category.
The type of visa you apply for will depend on your aim of going to U.S; for example, someone who is going to stay there for a long time will definitely need a visa under the immigrant category while one going for business or tourism will need a non-immigrant visa.
How to Apply for American Visa
- like I said earlier, you first need to determine the type of visa you need; if you are still not sure on the type you need just get their official document “Common Non-immigrant visa” and go through it. You will get all the information you need on the type of visa you should get depending on the situation on which your intended visit lies. You will also get know all the required items/documents you will need to process your visa.
- Now that you’ve determined what visa to apply for; visit this page to know how much you are to pay as fee for your type of visa, check the bank payment options page to see the accepted methods of payment and how to go about wit the payment. Make sure you keep the keep the payment receipt intact.
- After payment the next step is to fill the DS-160 form. Make sure you read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully to avoid any story at your interview. Enter all the information require which must be correct and accurate because Once the form is submitted you will not be able to make any changes. If you need assistance, please consult an immigration lawyer or translator. You will need your DS-160 number to book your appointment.
- The next step is to shedule an appointment at the U.S embassy. Now you will need to create a profile in their site using this link, click on New User. But before you start this you are expected to have:
- A valid international passport number; please make sure your passport is not about to expire or should not expire while you are in the U.S to avoid rejection.
- The receipt number from GT Bank receipt.
- The ten (10) digit barcode number from the applicant’s DS-160 confirmation page
- A valid contact address.
- other necessary documents depending on the type of visa you are applying for.
- after scheduling your appointment; Visit the U.S. Embassy on the date and time of your visa interview. Be sure to check the Schedule My Appointment page for the necessary documentation needed for your appointment. Please prepare yourself well and for the interview and make sure you outsmart them, you wouldn’t want your application to be declined after paying almost a 100k
- After the interview; wait till they notify you on the status of your application. Your documents will be sent to you via the contact address you provided. Know that your application may also be denied and you will be notified with reasons.
That’s all I could get on how to apply for a U.S.A Visa in Nigeria, you can also follow this step for other west African countries. The application procedure is similar.
To get a U.S visa in Nigeria, you have to apply and pay the consular fee.
Also, you need to collect the necessary documents (the list of papers is different for various visa types).
At the end, you should pass an interview an the embassy or consulate of the United States.
After all the necessary procedures, employees of the embassy or consulate will then decide whether to give you a visa to the US or refuse.
If you are determined to go the US, be prepared: the process of getting your desired visa will be long and complicated.
first, you have to decide what visa type you need. Visa type depends on the purpose of the trip. Visa type determines the documents you need to collect before the interview.
Types of US visas
- Non-immigrant Visas
- Immigrant Visas
Nonimmigrant Visas include visas for temporary stay.
Immigrant Visa is the kind you need if you want to permanently live in the USA.
Non-immigrant Visas are divided into the following types:
- Business / Tourist Visa (B-1 / B-2)
- Work Visa (H (H-1B, H-1B1, H-2A, H-2B, H-3, H-4), L (L-1 L-2), O, P, Q, R)
- Student Visa (F-1, M-1)
- Exchange Visitor Visa (J-1, J-2)
- Transit / Ship Crew Visas (C, D, C-1 / D, B-1 / B-2)
- Domestic Employee Visa (A-3, G-5, B-1)
- Journalist and Media Visas (I)
How to apply for an American visa.
There are particular clauses and documents necessary for obtaining these types of visas:
- A Non-immigrant Visa Electronic Application, Form DS-160. A passport. It must be valid for travel to the US (if not country-specific agreements ensure exemptions). If more than one person is indicated in your passport, you must submit the application for every one indicated.
- One 2×2 (5cmx5cm) photo. More details about this can be found on the official websites: http://www.ustraveldocs.com or http://www.travel.state.gov.
Payment terms and clauses depend on the visa type. Business or Tourist, Student, Work, Transit or Ship Crew, Journalist and Media Visa are paid in a standard way.
Along with the documents, you will also be required to submit a receipt for payment of 160 US dollars for non-immigrant visa application processing.
Payment is made in local currency and is not refundable, regardless of the interview outcome.
In Nigeria, a vast number of visa applicants pay 160, 190 or 265 US dollars at GT Bank. It depends on your visa type.
How much is US visa fee in Naira
It costs 64, 000.00, 76, 000.00, or 106, 000.00 Naira accordingly. If a visa is issued, there may be an additional reciprocity fee for visa issuance. It depends on your nationality.
Detailed information on whether you need to pay a reciprocity fee for visa issuance and what amount can be found on the website of The Department of State’s http://www.travel.state.gov.
As for an Exchange Visitor visa, if your program is not paid by the US government (type G), you need to provide a receipt for payment in a standard way.
Regarding the payment of Domestic Employee Visa, if you are issued a B-1 visa, you pay on a general basis. Only applicants for visa A-3 and G-5 are exempt from payment.
Read information about documents required for visa interview, specifically for each type of visa. How to apply for US visa in Nigeria? Keep reading and keep learning.