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Punch Newspapers punchng.com 05 Aug, 2022 03:00 am

Nigerian applicants to US varsities groan over visa appointment hurdles

Nigerian applicants to US varsities groan over visa appointment hurdles
Nigerian students, who have got admission into American universities for August to September intakes, have expressed fears that they may not be able to fulfil their ambition of studying abroad over failure to successfully book visa interview appointments at the United States embassy and consulate in the country.

The period allows students to book an emergency appointment.Stephen, who is also an applicant, said, “The laws for appointment as of last year stated that you can book an emergency appointment 120 days before the actual resumption date.But this year, the US embassy came up with a policy that you can only book the emergency appointment two months before, which is 60 days before your resumption.Giving me a date after my resumption is no longer an emergency appointment, and the same embassy will not accept an expired I-20.

An emergency appointment does not take more than two weeks before, but now it takes more than four months.He said, “My resumption date is August 15 and they decided to schedule my interview for November.

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