How to Renew a US Visa in Nigeria / Dropbox Locations in Nigeria

How to Renew a US Visa in Nigeria / Dropbox Locations in Nigeria

How to Renew a US Visa in Nigeria – Do you have a US visa that is due to expire soon and you have no idea how to do your visa renewal? In this article, we are going to give you a step by step guide on how to renew a US visa in Nigeria.

You should know that the United States of America offers an interview wavier program also known as dropbox. In this program a specific class of visa applicants who have previously been issued U.S visas can have their visas renewed without attending an interview at the US embassy. This is to say that thoses applicants will not have to be cross examined or interrogated by a visa consular  to have their US visa renewed. This is not to say that there are no requirements/ prerequisites to having your US visa renewed. Here is a list of factors that will make your visa renewal application either a success or a failure.

You can also read: How to Apply for US Visa in Nigeria

You must be applying to renew a US visa under the following visa categories;

  • B1 /B2 visa
  • F and M visa
  • J visa
  • L visa
  • H visa

For a B1/B2 visa holder to qualify for the dropbox (interview waiver program) in Nigeria. S/he must:

  • Be a Nigerian passport holder. If you are not a Nigerian citizen, then you must be resident in Nigeria and your last US visa was issued in Nigeria.
  • Show that your last US visa interview resulted to you being issued a visa
  • That you were issued a 2 year B1/B2 US visa in your last interview.
  • That the US visa that you want to renew expired between 1 – 12 months before your request for reissuance. For example, if your US visa expired on the 12th of June 2017, you have till May 2018 to use the dropbox program to renew your passport.
  • You must be at least 14 years of age the last time you were issued a US visa or that you will still be under 14 years at the time you were requesting for a visa renewal. Is this confusing? Let me explain: If you were 13 years when your first US visa was issued and now 15 years when your visa expires, you shouldn’t use the dropbox (interview wavier program)
  • You should have not been arrested by any law enforcement agency during your stay in the United States.
  • You must be applying to renew a B1/B2 visa.

For an F or M visa holder to qualify for a dropbox in Nigeria. S/he must

  • Be a Nigerian passport holder or have permanent residence in Nigeria and his/her previous US visa was issued in Nigeria.
  • Your last F or M visa interview at the US embassy resulted in an issuance of visa
  • That your F or M visa expired not more than 1 – 12 months prior to application for reissuance.
  • You must be continuing the same program of which the original visa was issued. For example:
  • If you are continuing in a degree, even if you have changed schools
  • If you are continuing in the same institution but have changed your degree or subject of study.
  • You must submit an endorsed I-20 with your visa renewal application.
  • You should submit a current transcript with the application
  • You must be at least 14 years of age the last time you were issued a US visa or that you will still be under 14 years at the time you were requesting for a visa renewal.
  • You should have not been arrested by any law enforcement agency during your stay in the United States.
  • You must be applying to renew an F or M visa.

For a J visa holder to qualify for dropbox in Nigeria.

  • The applicant must be a Nigerian or permanently resides in Nigeria. And the previously issued US visa must have been issued at the US embassy in Nigeria.
  • Your last J visa interview at the US embassy resulted in an issuance of visa.
  • That your J visa expired not more than 1 – 12 months prior to application for reissuance.
  • Make sure that your Student and Exchange Information System (SEVIS) number has not changed at from the time you were previously issued a visa.
  • You must be at least 14 years of age the last time you were issued a US visa or that you will still be under 14 years at the time you were requesting for a visa renewal.
  • You should have not been arrested by any law enforcement agency during your stay in the United States.

 For a H visa holder to qualify for dropbox in Nigeria.

  • The applicant must be a Nigerian or permanently resides in Nigeria. And the previously issued US visa must have been issued at the US embassy in Nigeria.
  • Your last J visa interview at the US embassy resulted in an issuance of visa.
  • That your J visa expired not more than 1 – 12 months prior to application for reissuance.
  • The same petition is provided that was used in the previous visa application.
  • You should submit along with your visa renewal application receipts showing payment of all necessary fees.
  • You must be at least 14 years of age the last time you were issued a US visa or that you will still be under 14 years at the time you were requesting for a visa renewal.
  • You should have not been arrested by any law enforcement agency during your stay in the United States.
  • You must be applying to renew a H visa.

You are not qualified for a U.S visa renewal if:

You never had a US visa to start with.

Your US visa has expired for more than 12 months.

Your previous visa was revoked or canceled.

You intend to apply for a different visa category to the one you were previously approved for. For example if you had a B1/B2 visa but now you want to apply for an F1 visa , you will need to apply for the visa the regular way.

US Visa Dropbox Location in Nigeria

Abuja Location(s)

DHL Office
63 Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent
Wuse 11
Abuja

Lagos Location(s)
Isolo Office

DHL House
New Airport road junction
Apapa Oshodi Express way

Victoria Island Office

DHL Office
Plot 230 Muri Okunola Street

Kaduna Location(s)

DHL Office
16 Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna

Rivers State Location(s)

DHL Office
GSS Document Collection Center
82 Trans Amadi – Ellah Estate, by Bewac Junction
Port Harcourt.

Edo State Location(s)

DHL Office
62 Airport Road
Benin City, Benin

Final Note

If you do not meet these requirements, you should schedule a regular visa appointment to ensure that you receive the earliest visa appointment available.

If you have your family members traveling with you, make sure that they also meet with the criteria for the drop box program.

If you need assistance renewing your US visa in Nigeria. You can also contact us on 07033378184 or via email: assist@travelvisa.ng. Our services include the following:

  • Filling out your DS 160 form.
  • Filling out your drop box form.
  • Paying your visa fee.

We will be glad to help!

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30 thoughts on “How to Renew a US Visa in Nigeria / Dropbox Locations in Nigeria

  • I recently completed DS 120 forms for my spouse and I.I went on to schedule appointment but I was have difficulty adding my spouse to the appointment.I kept getting the message ” cannot add applicant because all or some of the information you have entered belongs to another person” Could it be our surname?….I checked severally but could not tell what the issue was…Meanwhile, it is a visa renewal..we have traveled together before.Please advise on what I need to do in order to schedule an appointment together.

    • I recently completed DS 120 forms for my spouse and I.I went on to schedule appointment but I was have difficulty adding my spouse to the appointment.I kept getting the message ” cannot add applicant because all or some of the information you have entered belongs to another person”
      Do I need to schedule an appointment even when we are doing drop box?
      Where do I fill the Dropbox forms?

      Please advise me on how to go about it.
      Thanks

  • I still pay hospital bills installments every month. Will this affect my renewal? .. kindly note I have a zero balance on doctors fee and delivery but my baby stayed in d NICU for weeks which was on d high side and we pay every month..

  • My B1/B2 visa recently expired 11th of January 2018. The visa was for me, my wife and my 3years old son. I need to know if we will schedule and appointment or use the dropbox method to renew the b1/b2 visa?

  • Hello i need help on feeling form for renewal. The question is will i re enter all the information i filled in my ds160 when i was applying for visa again for renewal. Secondly have change or stopped working in the company i was working before. What do i do

  • I am unable to upload my passport photo on my DS-160 visa renewal application form. How do I get the photo uploaded or can I take it along for submission on my interview date. Thanks

  • My visa is B1/B2 issued to me in 2016 July. I traveled last year and stayed a month summer vacation. Visa is billed to expire this year 2018 in July coincidentally about the time I plan to travel for holidays this year with my family. Can I start the process of renewal before the expiration date in July so that I can get a renewed B1/B2 visa to enable me plan my trip and travel for this summer holiday? If yes, how long before the expiration date can start the renewal application and is Drop box applicable in this case?

    • You can apply for a drop box visa renewal since you were given a 2 years B1/B2 visa. Since its July, you can apply at leat a few weeks before. It normally takes about 14 days to get your passport back they say. I have always gotten my back within 3-5 days.

    • It depends on when you want to travel. If you will travel 2 weeks or more after the expiry, no problems. Start the process a day after the expiry. Do your Dropbox the next day and in less than a week, you get your renewed visa.
      If you’re traveling before expiry, even 3 days to expiry, it’s still valid. You can stay in US with expired visa as long as you arrive US border when it’s still valid.

  • Good day. Pls my visa will be expiring on the 14th March 2018 and am yet to use the visa,if it finally expires can I go for drop box and its my first visa to America. Can I still travel within the time left.thank u.

  • Please advise me. My wife’s B1/B2 has expired but still within allowable interval. However, when we tried to check through the log in account created during the initial application, the portal took us directly to a drop box. Upon review we discovered that all the Personal Information were summaried on a page. Does it mean we can go ahead and complete application for renewal by paying the fees and drop passport for a dropbox or DO WE NEED TO DO A NEW AND COMPLETE APPLICATION? Thx. Tobi

  • Hi, please kindly assist on the way forward on this.my last visa expired April last year 2017, I want to apply for renewal hoping am still qualified for a dropbox, what are the documents I need to submit along with my passport to the USA embassy. do I need an invitation letter from a relative in the USA to apply for a dropbox? will I still fill DS-160 form.
    thanks

  • Please I am renewing my B1/B2 visa. I intend to travel on the 11th of March and I am doing the drop box tomorrow. Do I need to pay for express or will i get the visa in good time to travel? Is there even an express service for US visa? And how much is it?

  • Hi, one of my children &I already has valid visiting US visa & i intended to present my other two biological children & two adopted children for visiting US visa for vacation, how do I go about it pls, tnx

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