The US Embassy in Nigeria late on Tuesday clarified its decision to suspend interview waivers for visa renewals aka ‘Drop Box’ process few hours after Concise broke the news of drop box suspension earlier in the day.

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In an unsigned press statement issued by the US embassy on its website on Tuesday the US embassy and consulate said that taking this step is to be able to provide more efficient customer service and promote legitimate travel planning to visit the United States, assuring that those who have already submitted their passports via “Dropbox” to DHL for processing either at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, or the Consulate General in Lagos, will not be impacted by this change.

All Nigerians seeking a non-immigrant visa or visa renewals to the United States must henceforth apply online, and appear in-person at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja or U.S. Consulate General in Lagos to submit their application for review., except for processing of diplomatic and official (A, G, and NATO class) visa applications which will continue unchanged.

Checks by Concise News, however, reveal that the current wait period between US visa application and interview date is 4 months as compared to 45 days max when done by drop box process.

By implication Nigerians who usually get their US visa renewed by ‘Drop Box’ process within a month and half (45 days) will now have to wait for four months to be interviewed like fresh applicants.