Lagos or Abuja US Embassy Which is Better?
This is one of the most common questions asked by US visa applicants in Nigeria. They all want to know which US visa office is more conducive, less stressful to locate and most importantly, which embassy is more likely to issue them a visa.
I have heard people say that the US embassy in Abuja is better than that of Lagos. How true can this be? So in this post am going to analysis and compare both US embassies in Nigeria and see what we will come up with at the end of the day. Before that, let us destroy a myth.
Most US visa applicants think that the possibility of them getting a visa in the Abuja office is higher than getting it in Lagos – that the consular in the US embassy Abuja are more lenient than those in Lagos. This is totally false! This is because all visa officers are using the same play book. What prerequisite, information and facts that visa officers in the Lagos Consulate are looking for is same with those in Abuja. So the idea that Abuja is a better deal based on leniency is unfounded.
However, the US Consulate in Lagos has a far higher number of visa applicants coming in for interview on a daily bases. This makes it the most crowded of the two visa offices in Nigeria.
Since the Lagos office has more people trooping in, I think that the visa officers will have to spend less time interviewing each visa applicant so that they can attend to everyone present.
When it comes to the issue of approval or rejection of visas by the embassies, it always seems that the US consulate in Lagos rejects more visa application than the US embassy in Abuja. I think that this is a thing of numbers. More people get rejected in the Lagos visa office because more people apply for visa through that consulate. It’s just rational!
Against popular belief, I do not think that visa officers pre-decide to issue or not to issue visa or the number of visa approvals to issue per day before they interview visa applicants in Nigeria. Those are just lies we tell ourselves to justify why we weren’t issued a US visa.
If you do the due diligence and follow the US visa requirements in Nigeria and not lying about anything in your visa application, you are sure to get a visa. Did I just hear you say that you did everything right yet you were denied visa? Then you should appeal the visa. I suppose the visa office know that there is a possibility that they could have read you wrong during the visa interview so they make room for redress in the form of visa appeal. You can utilize that avenue and get your US visa approved.
In conclusion, don’t bother yourself which of the US embassies are better. Just work at getting all your supporting documents in order, filling out your DS 160 form properly, booking your visa interview appointment and confidently answering the consular’s questions.
To learn how to apply for a US visa in Nigeria read our post:
To learn how to fill the US DS-160 form correctly read our post:
To learn how to book a US interview appointment in Nigeria read our post:
For sample US interview questions and answers read this post:
Where is US Embassy located in Lagos
Consulate General, Lagos
2, Walter Carrington Crescent
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Where is US Embassy located in Abuja?
Embassy of the United States of America
Plot 1075 Diplomatic Drive
Central District Area, Abuja, Nigeria
I hope this article has been of great help to you. If you have any questions or you want to contribute your opinion, please use the comment area below. Thank you.
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