The US has decided to suspend the ‘Dropbox’ system of application for regular Nigerian travelers who seek to renew their visas. This development is suspected to be connected with the issue of many Nigerians overstaying their visitor visas in the country. The announcement of the suspension was made on Wednesday by the US embassy in Nigeria. Exemptions include diplomats and government officials, according to the announcement by the embassy. Those who already sent in their applications before the announcement of the suspension was made are also not affected. The statement by the embassy revealed that the suspension of the Dropbox system became effective from the 14th of May. Every year, more than 300,000 Nigerian citizens apply for non-immigrant US visas. The figure generates 17.6 billion nairas annually following the $160 fee per visa. Nigerians receive one-third of the total US visas issued to Africans yearly. The rejection rate is somewhere around 40%. The embassy's announcement made it clear that the Dropbox system was suspended in order to provide efficient and faster services, but people suspect the real reason behind it is to curb the influx rate of Nigerians into America. Nigerians may need to brace up for the struggle ahead On the other hand, there are already-growing fears that the development could give way to a return of the era of touts who fleece applicants. In addition, this move will no doubt, make the process of obtaining a US visa more tedious. Queues at the embassy will become longer, and consequently, the waiting time will increase. A concerned Nigerian, who pleaded anonymity, expressed their fears that Nigerians may be subjected to a cumbersome application process before obtaining an American visa. The Nigerian went on to remark that the times when people slept at embassies so as to be right on schedule for their interview may be back. Stay connected to www.visatime.com to get updates about visa news from Asia, Africa, US, Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East! We will also assist you with the visa process for the chosen country.
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