No More DropBox as US Suspends Interview Waiver for Visa Applicants
The United States embassy in Nigeria has indefinitely suspended the visa interview waiver known as dropbox system deployed for those renewing visas in the country.
This came to light when some Nigerians seeking to apply for the US visa via the DropBox process on Tuesday were met with a message saying it had been suspended. The Drop Box process is for those who previously were given two years visa of the US and who renew it less than one year after it expires.
According to a statement released by the embassy on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the dropbox application process has been suspended effective immediately.
Before the suspension, Nigerian holders of US visa types B1/B2, F, H, and L could renew their visas online by processing it through DHL using one of several dropbox locations across Nigeria without attending physical interviews.
With the suspension, such people will now have to visit the embassy in Abuja or consulate in Lagos for in-person interviews, a process that’s expected to lead to delays in scheduling appointments.
“All applicants in Nigeria seeking a non-immigrant visa to the United States must apply online, and will be required to appear in-person at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or U.S. Consulate General in Lagos to submit their application for review.
in Lagos to submit their application for review.
“Applicants must appear at the location they specified when applying for the visa renewal,” the statement read.
The embassy noted that those who have already submitted their passports via dropbox to DHL for processing before Tuesday will not in any way be affected by the suspension.
Processing of diplomatic and official (A, G, and NATO class) visa applications will also continue unchanged, the statement by the Consulate on the embassy website added.
The embassy assured that it is taking the new step to provide more efficient customer service and promote legitimate travel.