Want to Travel to the United States?
IAS is a team of expert immigration lawyers that can help you with your travel arrangements to the USA. We can help you with your visa application process and with any queries you may have about living and working in the U.S. on a short-term basis.
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What is the B1/B2 Visa?
The B-1/B-2 visa is a visitor visa for foreign nationals who wish to travel to the U.S on a short-term basis for business (B-1) or pleasure or medical treatment (B-2). These visas are often combined as the B-1/B-2 visa.
The B-1 visa is usually issued to applicants who are conducting or negotiating business with U.S business associates, or are attending business, professional, educational or scientific conferences in the United States.
This is the most common type of visa for those travelling to the U.S for tourism purposes, or to visit friends and family. This visa is also available for those who are travelling abroad for medical treatment, or who wish to volunteer for an organisation.
How Much is the B-1/B-2 Visa?
As of March 28 2023, the U.S government has increased its non immigrant visa application fees for Nigerian applicants. The fee increase has now come into effect as of 30th May 2023.
The new fee for the B-1/B-2 non immigrant visas is $185 USD per applicant.
The visa fee is non-refundable, even if your application is refused. This fee does not include other additional fees, such as cost of travel to your interview, obtaining or translating essential documents for the application process, or any legal support that you may require.
Some applicants are required to submit proof of funds for being able to support yourself financially during your trip. Usually, a minimum amount is expected to be shown in the form of a bank statement.
How Do I Pay for the B-1/B-2 Visa?
If you are applying online, you will be asked to submit payment details during your application process in order to submit your application.
If you are applying in person at your local U.S consulate, you will be able to pay there.
You can also apply with us. We can guide you through the entire application process so that you can be secure that your application is filled correctly. Contact us online or call us today on +44 (0) 3316300929 in the US or on +23413438882 in Nigeria, or visit our office in Lagos.
What is the Application Process for the B-1/B-2 Visa?
Nigerians applying for the B-1/B-2 visa will be required to submit the following documents for non immigrant visas:
- A current passport with at least 6 months validity
- A completed and signed Form DS-60 non immigrant visa application
- A recent passport photo
- Your visa fee payment receipt
- Proof of the purpose of your trip, including return flights back to your country of origin or proof of where you will be staying during your time in the U.S – if applicable.
Once you have submitted your application, you will then be required to wait to be called to an interview. The interview will be held at the U.S consulate in the country from which you are applying. If you are applying from Nigeria, you will be required to travel to the Lagos U.S Consulate.
How Can IAS Help?
Keeping up with the latest information on applying for U.S visas can be a difficult process. With so much contradictory information circulating online, it can feel overwhelming to know what visas you should be applying for and how much the process will cost you.
It can also be difficult to know whether you are choosing the right visa for your circumstances, and whether there is a cheaper or most cost-effective alternative that you are eligible for.
That’s why IAS exists. We are a team of expert immigration lawyers that are fully up to date on all immigration and application processes in the USA. We can support you with your queries and guide you with your application process and fees.
Last modified on October 26th, 2023 at 11:21 am
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Most Nigerians are required to attend an interview as part of the application process, which is usually quite quick, and you will be required to wait around 4 days or 1 working week to be called to interview for your visa application.
Once you have attended your interview, unless you are applying for emergency travel, you should plan to wait up to 180 days for your application to be processed and to receive a response.
No, Nigerian nationals are not entitled to the U.S Visa Waiver Program. However, if you hold dual citizenship with a country that takes part in the U.S Visa Waiver Program, then you may be eligible to apply with your non-Nigerian passport.