US Announces Priority Appointments for Nigerians Applying for Student Visa

US Announces Priority Appointments for Nigerians Applying for Student Visa

- The US Mission in Nigeria has taken a proactive step to ensure Nigerian students hoping to study in America gets their visa on time

- Susan Tuller, the US mission country consular coordinator, encouraged interested applicants to book the appointment as early as possible

- Tuller also instructed applicants to use the designated website to book appointment and warned against engaging third-party services

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The United States Mission in Nigeria has announced it will prioritise visa applications by Nigerian students who hope to resume academic studies in America by September 2021.

The Punch reported that the US mission made this known in a statement on Friday, April 30, signed by Temitayo Famutimi of the public affairs section of the US Consulate General.

Student Visa: US Announces Priority Appointments for Nigerians Applicants
The US Mission in Nigeria says it will prioritise visa applications by Nigerian students who hope to resume academic studies in the States by September 2021. Photo credit: @USinNigeria
Source: Twitter gathers that the mission said it would prioritise visa interview appointments for Nigerian students well in advance of their programme start date.

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Susan Tuller, the US mission country consular coordinator reportedly promised that efforts would be made to assist student visa applicants in a timely fashion while keeping personnel and customers safe.

Tuller was quoted as saying:

“As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and customers, processing student visas remains a high priority for the US Mission in Nigeria.
“We will increase the number of student visa appointments in May and June to ensure that we can offer appointments to as many students as possible. If your US studies are scheduled to begin this Fall, we encourage you to schedule your appointment as quickly as possible."

Tuller explained that all student visa appointments must be booked through the US Travel Docs website (, The Nation also reported.

She warned applicants against the use of third-party services, including touts, and fixers who broker visa appointments.

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Previously, reported that the US Mission in Nigeria said it was prioritising immigrant visa applicants in Nigeria who were affected by the travel restrictions previously imposed by former President Donald Trump in 2020.

This was contained in a statement on the embassy's website sighted by on Tuesday, March 16.

The US mission said it was taking the step following the proclamation by President Joe Biden which reversed the restrictions imposed by his predecessor.

In another report, a Nigerian man who is currently residing in the US has made revelations as to why most of his fellow countrymen seeking academic opportunities in the states are not granted students visa.

In series of tweets he made with his Twitter handle @MisterNigerD, he said the key to scaling through the visa application hurdle is not giving the consular at the embassy any reason to believe that you will be staying back in the US after your studies.

@MisterNigerD stated that another huge pitfall to avoid is to say that you would be getting a job when your school is on holiday in the state. This, according to him, will get your visa application denied.


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