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US Visa Requirements For Nigerian Citizens

There are several visa options for Nigerians to enter the United States.

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Overview of US Visa Requirements for Nigerian Citizens

The majority of Nigerians require a visa to enter the United States. Visiting for tourism or business, working, attending school, or relocating there permanently are all different goals for travel. Applying for a US Visa can be done in Nigeria.

There are several visas that you are able to apply for. There are work visas, visitor/tourist visas, family visas, and student visas. You must choose what type of visa you are applying for. The next thing is you must Complete the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form then pay the registration fee. Then you will get your interview schedule, and you need to prepare your documents. You must attend the visa appointment and then wait for your visa processing.

Types of US Visas Available to Nigerian Citizens

Family Visa

Immediate family members of US citizens and those with green cards may apply for immigration advantages, most notably green cards, so they may join them in the country. The first petition is often submitted by a U.S. family member for immigration from Nigeria.


  • Spouse or child of US permanent citizens or green card holders
  • Children must be under 21 years old
  • The spouse must have permanent address in the united states

Documents Required

  • Valid Passport
  • Medical examination
  • A signed Form I-864
  • Photograph
  • Valid birth certificate
  • Criminal records
  • Health certificate or Immunisation Records

Visitor or Tourist Visa

Nigerians entering the United States briefly on a B-1/B-2 visiting visa are doing so for business (B-1) or pleasure (B-2) or medical treatment (B-2). The B-1 visa is often used by visitors who are consulting with business partners, attending conventions or conferences related to science, education, business, or professional fields, settling estates, or negotiating contracts. The B-2 visa is for leisure travel, such as vacationing, visiting friends or family, receiving medical treatment, and engaging in fraternal, social, or charitable endeavours. The B-1 and B-2 visas are sometimes merged into one document called the B-1/B-2.


  • Invitation letter if you visit friends or family
  • Travel itinerary
  • Have a holiday in the united states or a business trip

Documents to Be Provided

  • Valid passport
  • Photograph
  • The visa application proof
  • Form DS-160
  • Interview confirmation
  • Receipt of paid application fee
  • Proof of financial
  • A letter that provides the purpose of your trip the US
  • Transcript or Diploma
  • Health certificate or Immunisation Records

Student Visa

While attending a school, university, seminary, or conservatory, a student is able to temporarily reside in the United States for a certain amount of time with the help of an F-1 visa.

The opportunity to study in the United States is often the reward for years of effort and commitment for many Nigerian students. All aspiring students must apply for a visa to study in the US unless they are either citizens or holders of green cards.

The F-1 visa has a very wide applicability but also has very explicit criteria since there are so many programs and locations to study in the US. The first requirement is that you must be travelling to the US with the intention of temporarily studying. This is not an immigrant visa, to put it another way.


Required Documents

  • Your current passport.
  • For requests for non-immigrant visas, use form DS-160
  • Two images that comply with the US visa picture requirements
  • A receipt for the F1 visa application fee
  • Form I-20
  • Documents that prove your qualifications: actual transcripts, Test results from standardised exams (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, etc.). letters of acceptance from the university that accepted you, previous degree certificates
  • Proof that Nigerian students have health insurance
  • Health certificate or Immunisation Records

Work Visa

These work visas are intended for Nigerians who want to work in the US for a certain amount of time. Most often, a prospective employer submits a petition to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for this kind of employment, and the employee still has to apply for a visa before travelling to the US. On the USCIS website, you may see a list of the several kinds of employees that fall under this criterion. Prior to entering the United States, spouses and family members of those with these job visas must apply for their own visas.


  • Have a job offer from the US
  • Approved visa application from the USCIS
  • Labour certification approval

Required Documents

  • Valid Passport
  • US Visa photo
  • Visa application confirmation page
  • Receipt that you have paid application fee
  • Proof that you will need to return to Nigeria
  • Health certificate or Immunisation Records
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Where to Apply for a US Visa as a Nigerian Citizen

Although there is a United States Embassy in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, only the United States Consulate General Lagos is authorised to handle immigrant visas.

Information about how to get in touch with the Consulate General of the United States in Lagos Office

The address is 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

Additional Requirements for US Visa Applications by Nigerian Citizens

Bank Statements

Documentation in the form of bank statements or other financial records proving that you have at least $266 available each day of your intended stay in the United States is required.

Proof of Ties to Nigeria

Evidence of your links to your home country, such as documentation related to your family, an employment contract, a lease, or a property title, which demonstrate that you do not plan to remain in the United States for more than the provided time period.

Invitation Letter

An invitation letter for a US visa is a letter that is written by a US citizen or legal resident stating their willingness to welcome a visitor from abroad who has family or friendship ties to them as well as their ability to accommodate them during their entire stay in the US.

Property Documents

If you own property in Nigeria or elsewhere, you must provide evidence. If you are applying for a nonimmigrant visa, having property demonstrates that you have stronger connections to your native country and that you do not intend to remain in the United States. If so, bring documentation to the appointment, such as:

  • Original title documents
  • Images of the property in question
  • Personal declaration concerning the property

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How Can IAS Help?

Applications for a US Visa may be complicated, so consulting with an immigration specialist is strongly advised. You must make sure you comply with all regulations, fill out all necessary forms, and gather your supporting documentation before submitting. This must be comprehensive and demonstrate the sincerity of your partnership.

Because of this, it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of a lawyer. To facilitate your entry into the United States, the immigration lawyers here at IAS are prepared to provide you with the finest immigration counsel they have to offer.

IAS consultants are prepared to assist you in resolving any problem you may be experiencing in relation to the acquisition of a work visa. Call us on +23413438882 or on +44 (0) 3316300929 or you can contact us online.

We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at our Lagos office, all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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