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US Visa Renewal in Nigeria

If your US visa has expired, you can apply in the US embassy at Abuja or the US consulate at Lagos to renew it, provided you still fulfil the concerned visa eligibility criteria. The renewal procedure is similar to that of the initial visa application process.

If you are seeking immigration advice regarding the US visa renewal eligibility, process, and required documentation in Nigeria, or professional help with your visa renewal application, do reach out to IAS today. We have an office in Nigeria as well as a team in the US to help guide you through the process. Call us on +23413438882 or +44 (0) 3316300929. Or message us online.

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    Overview of US Visa Renewal in Nigeria

    If you have a US visa and it has already expired or is expiring soon, you need to consider renewing the same to legally enter and stay in the US for your authorised period of stay.

    Nonimmigrant US visa renewals will need to be filed and processed in the US embassy or consulate in your home country i.e. Nigeria in this case.

    Your nonimmigrant visa may expire while in the US. A visa is basically an entry document to the US. As a nonimmigrant, you can stay in the US even if your visa has expired as long as your Form I-94, the Arrival-Departure Record Card, allows you to stay, and unless you are deported from the US for any criminal or illegal activities.

    However, if you are travelling outside the US and your visa expires, you will need to renew it before you seek entry to the US again. It is always advisable to apply for a visa renewal in a US consulate or embassy in your home country.

    You cannot apply for a nonimmigrant visa renewal in the US. Visa renewal application from ‘third’ countries, even when technically permitted, see a higher rejection rate.

    US Green Card holders can renew their lawful permanent residency status in the US or outside the US. In this article, we’ll be discussing the renewal process of US nonimmigrant visas in Nigeria. However, we will also briefly touch upon the Green Card renewal process towards the end of this article.

    You may consider seeking professional immigration advice before you apply to renew your US visa in Nigeria. Our Nigeria office as well as our US team of immigration lawyers are here to help. Call our Nigerian team on +23413438882 or +44 (0) 331630092 if you would like to speak to our immigration experts.

    Am I Eligible to Renew My US Visa in Nigeria?

    To be eligible for renewing your US visa in Nigeria, you need to meet the following criteria:

    • You are renewing the same visa
    • You still fulfil the eligibility requirements for that visa category
    • US visa authorities have not denied any other visa application made by you since the issuance of your previous visa
    • You never have had a US visa revoked or required a waiver
    • You seek to renew a US visa with multiple entries, and with more than one-year validity
    • Your previous US visa expired within the past 48 months or will expire in three months
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    Can I Avoid Attending an Interview for a Visa Renewal in Nigeria?

    To be eligible for a visa renewal in Nigeria without appearing for a visa interview, you must meet the following requirements:

    • You are a citizen or resident of Nigeria
    • You are applying to renew a B, F, M, J (academic only), H, L or C1/D (combined only) visa
    • Your previous visa was issued in Nigeria
    • You are renewing the same visa as previously
    • Your previous US visa expired within the past 48 months or is set to expire in three months
    • You have your passport(s) covering the entire period since receiving the previous visa as well as the passport with the most recent visa
    • You don’t have any criminal record in the US
    • You have not broken any immigration rules while in the US e.g. worked without authorization or remained beyond your authorised stay as per your Form I-94 record
    • You are able to submit your passport for the entire length of the processing period which can be up to two months

    Nigerian nationals, including minors, who seek to renew their US visa without appearing for a visa interview, will need to meet the above conditions individually.

    Please note that even if you were not convicted, or if you received a waiver or pardon later, any criminal record in the US will make you ineligible for US visa renewal.

    US Visa Renewal Process

    Overview

    The process to renew a US visa is similar to your original visa application process. You have to:

    • Complete Form DS-160
    • Schedule a visa interview appointment
    • Pay the non-refundable, non-transferable visa renewal fee (same as the visa application fee based on your visa category)
    • Submit the required documents for US visa renewal
    • Appear for the visa renewal interview (not required for applicants eligible for an interview waiver)

    Complete Form DS-160

    The US visa renewal process starts with completing Form DS-160 online. This is the same online nonimmigrant visa application form that you completed while applying for your original visa.

    You may complete Form DS-160 through the Consular Electronic Application Center. Once completing the form, you will be redirected to a confirmation page. Please take a printout of the confirmation page. You will need to carry this page with you to your visa interview and/or submit as part of your required documentation.

    Schedule Your Visa Interview

    Please schedule your visa interview at either the US embassy at Abuja or the US consulate at Lagos, depending on your location. Visit their concerned websites for contact details as well as instructions on how to schedule an interview.

    This step is not required for the applicants eligible for an interview waiver (IW).

    If You Are Eligible for An Interview Waiver

    If you are eligible to renew your visa without a visa interview, you will need to first complete Form DS-160.

    Your eligibility, as per the afore-mentioned criteria, will be established during the application process itself. During the scheduling process, you will be asked to confirm your eligibility for interview waiver. Instructions will be provided at this stage regarding how to submit your renewal application.

    You may drop off your IW applications at the DHL Surulere, Isolo, Victoria Island and Abuja locations.

    US Visa Renewal Fee

    Visa renewal fee is the same as the visa application fee based on your visa category. The US Department of State has increased certain nonimmigrant visa application processing fees with effect from 17 June 2023.

    The application fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B), and other non-petition based nonimmigrant visas, e.g. student and exchange visitor visas, is $185.

    The fee for certain petition-based nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) is $205, whereas the fee for a treaty trader, treaty investor, and treaty applicant in a specialty occupation (E) is $315.

    All nonimmigrant visa application fee payments are valid for 365 days from the date of the payment receipt. Please schedule your visa interview appointment or submit an IW application during this 365-day window.

    US Visa Renewal Interview

    If you are required to appear for a visa interview, the consular officer may ask you why you are applying to renew your visa, your planned itineraries, or any other information depending on your immigration situation.

    You may be required to submit further documents based on the information you provide during the visa interview.

    US Visa Renewal Timeline

    Visa renewal application processing may take from a few days up to two months. The applicant’s passport will be with the concerned US embassy or consulate during that period of time.

    Validity of the Renewed US Visa

    Typically, the new visa comes with the same validity and conditions as that of your expired visa.

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      What Documents Do I Need to Submit to Renew My US Visa in Nigeria?

      Documents required for your US visa renewal include:

      • Printout of Form DS-160 completion confirmation page
      • Passport(s) valid for six months beyond your intended period of stay in the US
      • Any old passport(s) with an expired US visa
      • Two 2×2 photos in the prescribed format as per the US visa photo requirements
      • US visa fee payment receipt

      Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. You may be asked to submit other supporting documents during your visa interview based on the US visa you want to renew.

      If you are looking for professional help, IAS has an application checking service in place where we will check every detail of your visa renewal application, ensuring your paperwork is in order. Call us today on +23413438882 or on +44 (0) 3316300929 to know more.

      What If My US Visa Renewal Application Is Denied?

      In most cases, renewal applications for US visas are rejected because of incomplete or insufficient documentation. If your renewal application is denied, you will be informed about the reason for denial.

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      How to Renew My Expired Green Card in Nigeria

      If you are a US Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), also known as a Green Card holder, currently in Nigeria, you can apply to renew your expired Green Card in the country.

      If you have remained outside the US for less than one year, or within the validity period of a re-entry permit, but are unable to travel to the US due to an expired or lost Green Card, you will need to apply for a boarding foil to re-enter the US to resume your permanent residence.

      If you have remained outside the US for more than a year, or beyond the validity period of a re-entry permit, you will require a new immigrant visa (SB-1) to request re-entry to the US to resume your permanent residence.

      Please note that SB-1 visa applications may not always be successful. A consular officer will assess your individual situation during an SB-1 interview to determine if there have been circumstances beyond your control compelling you to miss your Green Card renewal deadline.

      It is recommended, therefore, to seek immigration advice in such scenarios. IAS has a Nigeria office which you can call on +23413438882, as well as an international team of lawyers who can be reached on +44 (0) 3316300929.

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        How Can IAS Help?

        The US visa renewal application is a fairly simple process, and quite similar to the original visa application process. However, it is of utmost importance to get the renewal application process and required documentation right at the first try. A visa denial or refusal may have long-lasting consequences and act as a warning sign for any future visa applications to enter the US.

        IAS can help. We have an office in Nigeria as well as a team of lawyers in the US. Several Nigerian nationals have benefited so far from our expert assistance with their different types of US visa applications and immigration advice.

        Our team of sympathetic immigration lawyers have the required expertise to assist you, regardless of your personal circumstances or the complexity of your case.

        Whether you’re looking for assistance with the visa renewal process, unsure of how to go about applying for an interview waiver, or just need overall guidance while applying for a visa renewal, we are here to help you.

        To know more about the services we provide and how our team of experienced immigration lawyers can help you with your immigration case, please reach out to us online, today. Or call our Lagos office on +23413438882 or London office on +44 (0) 3316300929.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  No, you don’t need to apply for a visa renewal in such cases. However, you must carry both your old and new passports while travelling to the US.

                  The name and other personal data must be the same in both passports, they must be from the same country (i.e. Nigeria in this case), and also of the same type. Moreover, the purpose of your travel must be the same as your current nonimmigrant visa.

                  No, you must attend a visa interview to discuss the lost/stolen visa with a consular officer.

                  If your visa is lost or stolen, you need to apply in person in the US embassy or consulate in Nigeria for replacement of the visa. In addition to other required documents for visa renewal, you must provide a written account documenting the loss of your visa.

                  Yes, you will need to reapply for a new US visa if your visa has been accidentally damaged. You may not need to appear again for a visa interview if you have been issued the visa recently. Please check with the concerned US embassy or consulate to be sure.

                  The US Department of State has updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application forms with effect from 31 May 2019, to request additional information, including social media identifiers.

                  All visa applicants will be required to provide information pertaining to their social media account(s), except for applicants applying for the following types of nonimmigrant visas: A1, A2, C2, C3 (except attendants, servants, or personal employees of accredited officials), G1, G2, G3, G4, NATO1, NATO2, NATO3, NATO4, NATO5, or NATO6 visas.

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