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February 27, 2024
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U.S. Embassy in Nigeria pledges to tackle visa-related hitches

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By Fortune Abang

Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S, Embassy in Nigeria Mr David Greene has assured visa applicants of the mission’s commitment to tackling all visa-related hitches.

Greene gave the assurance during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

According to him, issues related to visas would fully become a thing of the past, saying the mission is doing everything within its power to tackle such challenges.

“When it comes to visas specifically, well of course it is a simple fact, the demand for visa appointments outnumbers the supply.

“So, those appointments are available, and we are doing everything we can to address that gap. What folks do not know is that this year we have interviewed 115,000 Nigerians.

“This is in addition to 30,000 students. Hundreds of thousands of students have had the opportunity to seek visas from the U.S.

“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. In March we instituted a five-year term for visas to the U.S.,” he added.

He urged persons desiring to travel to the U.S. to apply early and ensure that the visa requests are tied to events.

“Folks that are seeking visas should apply early, make sure that the plan is for an event as they can.

“This is because we do acknowledge that there is a backlog and we will do what we can to make sure people that need a warrant visa to the U.S. can get them,” he said. (NAN)

Edited by Emmanuel Yashim

Philip Daniel Yatai

Principal Correspondent, NAN Abuja
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