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Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by philipogunti: 11:41pm On Jan 01
Hi vo,my father is a naturalised citizen who is staying in Nigeria and wants to file a i-130 form for me. Pls is this going to be possible since he's not in usa and if possible how long is the processing time estimated to be because am still under 21 so I fall under immediate relative.. Will the processing time be longer since he's in nigeria.. Thanks in advance because I don't know if this thread is still alive
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by ziggy3579: 2:54pm On Jan 02
Hi VO, a friend of mine studying in the US wants to apply for a Canadian study visa from the US....how possible is it or should he come back to Nigeria to apply? Thanks and happy new year
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Josephchukwumaeze(m): 10:39am On Jan 03
Hello vo, I'm really confused my wife filed i-130 for me and it got rejected due to not sign a signature on it and the send it back with a receipt number,when my wife is try to send it back,i check my status with the receipt number and it says case reject and the reason why,and now my wife resent it use is and 21 days after I check my status and it says case reject like usually said before,now I want to know,do the need to change the status say case rejected or are they gonna leave it like that until my case is approved and they change it? Thank you for been there for us
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 1:06pm On Jan 03
philipogunti:
Hi vo,my father is a naturalised citizen who is staying in Nigeria and wants to file a i-130 form for me. Pls is this going to be possible since he's not in usa and if possible how long is the processing time estimated to be because am still under 21 so I fall under immediate relative.. Will the processing time be longer since he's in nigeria.. Thanks in advance because I don't know if this thread is still alive

Your father will need to find a U.S.-based citizen or legal permanent resident to file an I-864, Affidavit of Support, to be a sponsor for you. He can petition for you while not living in the United States, but he cannot sponsor you. This requirement is called domicile.

Also, keep in mind that the longer he waits, the closer to 21 you will be, and the longer you will have to wait for your visa interview. However, if the petition is filed and accepted by USCIS before you turn 21, you will be locked into that age via CSPA for the duration of your application as long as you stay unmarried. You should contact USCIS for estimated timelines.

Regards,
VO
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 1:08pm On Jan 03
Josephchukwumaeze:
Hello vo, I'm really confused my wife filed i-130 for me and it got rejected due to not sign a signature on it and the send it back with a receipt number,when my wife is try to send it back,i check my status with the receipt number and it says case reject and the reason why,and now my wife resent it use is and 21 days after I check my status and it says case reject like usually said before,now I want to know,do the need to change the status say case rejected or are they gonna leave it like that until my case is approved and they change it? Thank you for been there for us

This is a question for USCIS. In general, however, you should carefully review all of your materials and sign anything that requires a signature. Working with an immigration attorney can often help mitigate these issues.

Regards,
VO
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by ziggy3579: 5:32pm On Jan 03
ziggy3579:
Hi VO, a friend of mine studying in the US wants to apply for a Canadian study visa from the US....how possible is it or should he come back to Nigeria to apply? Thanks and happy new year
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by justwise(m): 10:50pm On Jan 03
VisaOfficer:


This is a question for USCIS. In general, however, you should carefully review all of your materials and sign anything that requires a signature. Working with an immigration attorney can often help mitigate these issues.

Regards,
VO

VO sorry you were banned by antispambot. Unbanned now and post restored
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by justwise(m): 10:53pm On Jan 03
@Ademide05


Please stop spamming this thread with your posts, this is the wrong thread for such question.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by flyhigh1881: 7:53am On Jan 04
Hello VO. I have an SB1 interview scheduled for February and I was supposed to complete DS260 form. I started filling the form and saved the details for later completion. However coming back to the form, after inputting case number and date of birth, an error message comes up which makes it unable to proceed with completion of the form.
Please what could be the issue and how can it be resolved.

See error message attached.

Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by mrbenzino: 1:32pm On Jan 04
VisaOfficer:


Well, you were allowed to enter the U.S. and then you returned to Nigeria. That's better than a lot of people. Keep up a good history of travel and you will be rewarded with more trust by the authorities.

Regards,
VO

Dear VO thank you so much for your time I will keep up the good travel history as you have advised I am thinking to visit the US anytime between June and August if my leave is approved I plan to stay for 3 weeks my question is should I notify the us embassy of my travel itineary before visiting the us because of the no aos, eos, cos annotation on my passport or I should just explain my itineary at the POE even if they don't ask me. I'm asking because on my way out of the US I saw the officer who put the no aos, eos, cos on my passport, he asked a few questions about where i went after I answered him we chatted for a bit and he said I can go home and that he will be looking forward to my next visit I thought of him looking forward to my next visit as funny but since you mentioned immigrant intent I think I need to demonstrate non immigrant intent
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by Adedrizzy(m): 2:49pm On Jan 04
Compliments VO, i appreciate your participation on this thread, i would like you to expliain if there is any route a recent Sch graduate can use to emigrate to the US.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by EzekielBams(m): 6:49pm On Jan 04
Hello Vo thanks for the good work on here.
I am 25years old and my girlfriend is older than me and we have been together for years now she has been to Nigeria here to visit and this year she is planing to visit this year again too.
So my question is will she be able to file for a Fiancee visa for me or we can get married in Nigeria here and then she can file a spouse Visa which one is better? and will our age difference be a problem in her filling for me?. if no problems please give me the steps on how to because am new to this and dont want to use agents.
Thank you sir
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 7:26pm On Jan 04
justwise:


VO sorry you were banned by antispambot. Unbanned now and post restored

Yes, noticed that. Normally, we're the ones who do the banning wink

Regards,
VO
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 7:32pm On Jan 04
EzekielBams:
Hello Vo thanks for the good work on here.
I am 25years old and my girlfriend is older than me and we have been together for years now she has been to Nigeria here to visit and this year she is planing to visit this year again too.
So my question is will she be able to file for a Fiancee visa for me or we can get married in Nigeria here and then she can file a spouse Visa which one is better? and will our age difference be a problem in her filling for me?. if no problems please give me the steps on how to because am new to this and dont want to use agents.
Thank you sir

There is no "better" route. Do what you think is best. If you need formal counseling, speak with an immigration attorney. For either route, you should be fully prepared to speak in detail about your relationship at the interview.

Regards,
VO
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 7:34pm On Jan 04
Adedrizzy:
Compliments VO, i appreciate your participation on this thread, i would like you to expliain if there is any route a recent Sch graduate can use to emigrate to the US.

If you have a marketable skill that is in demand in the U.S., you may be eligible for an employment visa (E3). The process is very long, however, and starts with USCIS. We in the Consulate only see you when everything's already completed.

Regards,
VO
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 7:37pm On Jan 04
mrbenzino:


Dear VO thank you so much for your time I will keep up the good travel history as you have advised I am thinking to visit the US anytime between June and August if my leave is approved I plan to stay for 3 weeks my question is should I notify the us embassy of my travel itineary before visiting the us because of the no aos, eos, cos annotation on my passport or I should just explain my itineary at the POE even if they don't ask me. I'm asking because on my way out of the US I saw the officer who put the no aos, eos, cos on my passport, he asked a few questions about where i went after I answered him we chatted for a bit and he said I can go home and that he will be looking forward to my next visit I thought of him looking forward to my next visit as funny but since you mentioned immigrant intent I think I need to demonstrate non immigrant intent

Unless there are any problems, we in the Consulate won't see you again until you renew your visa. In other words, no, don't send us anything. We get enough mail as it is.

Good travel is the most effective way to earn more travel. It sounds simple, but you'd be surprised how many people don't travel well.

Regards,
VO
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 7:39pm On Jan 04
flyhigh1881:
Hello VO. I have an SB1 interview scheduled for February and I was supposed to complete DS260 form. I started filling the form and saved the details for later completion. However coming back to the form, after inputting case number and date of birth, an error message comes up which makes it unable to proceed with completion of the form.
Please what could be the issue and how can it be resolved.

See error message attached.

This sometimes happens if you go "back" or "reload" before completing the form. Try again from the beginning and see if that works. If it doesn't, write us at LagosIV@state.gov.

Regards,
VO
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 7:40pm On Jan 04
[quote author=ziggy3579 post=52498418][/quote]

This is not an immigrant visa question. Please take your question to the non-immigrant visa forum.

Regards,
VO
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 7:49pm On Jan 04
Hover62:
Good day VO, I recently got my immgrant visa approved so am thinking of traveling this January, what are the things I should look forward to at the port of entry and also things I should and should not bring with me.

Congratulations on getting your visa approved! The most important thing to bring is your visa packet (the sealed orange envelope you received from DHL.) Do NOT open this envelope. If the immigration officer finds this open, he or she will almost certainly and immediately send you back to Nigeria. This won't cancel your visa, but it will cause headaches for you and your family.

Regarding what else to bring or not bring, I am not an immigration officer or customs officer. Your fellow Nigerian travelers would be better able to fill in the blanks here.

Regards,
VO
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 8:03pm On Jan 04
KAY187:
Dear vo,pls around 1997 I was denied an immigration visa to the US,in 2014 there about a friend introduced me to a travel agent who told me he had an associate in US embassy who assist him in procuring visa for his clients with some certain amount of money which I provided for him, he gave me different personal information which I used on my international passport, name,date of birth different from my original information which I used in my first interview,at the end I was denied again, but I wasn't given reason for my visa refusal unlike my initial attempt,now of recent my situation have change I've visited other country with my original information on my international passport which was the one I used at my first interview at the US embassy, now am willing to apply for US visa with my original information, I seek your advice in a case as this how can I go about it to clear myself from the inconsistent the travel agent have caused me,am deeply confused and disturbed looking at how carelessly I've given in to a fraudulent travel agent and the possible consequences I have to bear.thanks

Think carefully about the process in applying for a U.S. visa: We take your fingerprints and photos not because we like to collect prints and photos, but because they're the system of record for you now and into the future. Our records go back decades and are available to us within seconds. If there's a discrepancy -- and in this case, there'll be a discrepancy -- we'll know it. We might tell you or not tell you, but the bottom line is you've seriously damaged your credibility and your ability to travel to the United States. All I can tell you is to be forthright during your interview.

A friend summed it up very well: Touts are there to trick you, their customers, not visa officers. As long as they get their money, they don't care what happens to you. They bring dishonor to Nigeria.

Regards,
VO

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Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by EzekielBams(m): 8:06pm On Jan 04
Thank you so much what are the first steps for a Fiancee Visa what document do we need and where can i get them sir?
VisaOfficer:


There is no "better" route. Do what you think is best. If you need formal counseling, speak with an immigration attorney. For either route, you should be fully prepared to speak in detail about your relationship at the interview.

Regards,
VO
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by justwise(m): 9:07pm On Jan 04
VisaOfficer:


Yes, noticed that. Normally, we're the ones who do the banning wink

Regards,
VO

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Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by tosinkay(m): 8:24am On Jan 05
Thank you so much for your efforts to answer question.

I will like to ask that if in the process of waiting for your F4 visa approval you got married, is it advisable to notify VAC of the change in your status? Because someone made me to understand that when you get married and you notified VAC, it will change your priority date to the date you notify them of your change in status. PLEASE ADVICE (Should i just remain single in my profile with them until i get my visa)?
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by larrychulo: 3:57pm On Jan 05
Hi VO...I'm over 21, a son of US citizen and he's filling for me. How long will it take to be processed overall...including the PD

P.S He said he has already included my name in his record initially when he gained entry into the US while I was under 21.
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by folarinstr: 4:32pm On Jan 06
LagosNIV:
Good morning everyone, VisaOfficer has departed Nigeria but it is clear that there are still many questions so I will make an effort to continue answering your questions!

I am a U.S. Foreign Service Officer working at the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria. Like all of the VOs in Lagos, I handle both Non-Immigrant (NIV) and Immigrant Visa (IV) interviews. The purpose of this thread is to provide a forum for your questions about immigrant visas. My colleagues and I will make every effort to answer all questions within two business days.

Please note that we cannot answer questions about specific cases, except as based on the information provided here in this discussion thread. Any responses in this forum are not to be taken as legally binding, as they will be based only on what you tell us in your questions, not on the information in any actual case. While we will attempt to explain U.S. immigration policies, any opinions expressed are the personal views of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Government.

We may not be able to respond to every post in this thread, and we will not answer abusive posts. Also, please don't send me private messages -- I don't even read them. If you need personal attention, please send an e-mail to LagosIV@state.gov.

There is a separate thread for Non-Immigrant Visa Questions, also handled by U.S. Foreign Service Officers serving in Nigeria, at http://www.nairaland.com/1792662/u.s-non-immigrant-visas-listening . Please use this thread right here solely for questions about Immigrant Visas and Diversity Visas.

Regards,
LagosNIV


Dear V/O,
Thanks for your educative effort. Pls I have just 2 questions to ask you.
1. Does a baby of less than 2years pay for flight ticket from Nigeria to US?
2. After I have paid for US visa fee at the GTBank, how long can I hold the receipt before booking an appointment? Thanks
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 8:43pm On Jan 06
ziggy3579:
Hi VO, a friend of mine studying in the US wants to apply for a Canadian study visa from the US....how possible is it or should he come back to Nigeria to apply? Thanks and happy new year

This is not an immigrant visa question. Please take your question to the appropriate forum.

Regards,
VO
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 8:46pm On Jan 06
folarinstr:



Dear V/O,
Thanks for your educative effort. Pls I have just 2 questions to ask you.
1. Does a baby of less than 2years pay for flight ticket from Nigeria to US?
2. After I have paid for US visa fee at the GTBank, how long can I hold the receipt before booking an appointment? Thanks

1 -- I don't know, I'm not an airline.
2 -- There is no set expiration date. However, it is in your interest to book an appointment as soon as it is paid to prevent any issues. More importantly, your petition, medical, and police reports all have expiration dates. Those are the dates you should be more concerned about.

Regards,
VO
Re: U.S. Immigration Questions: Ask A U.S. Consular Officer by VisaOfficer: 8:48pm On Jan 06
larrychulo:
Hi VO...I'm over 21, a son of US citizen and he's filling for me. How long will it take to be processed overall...including the PD

P.S He said he has already included my name in his record initially when he gained entry into the US while I was under 21.

This is a question for USCIS. Any question that starts, "How long..." will always be answered by USCIS unless you have already been to the Consulate for your interview.

Regards,
VO

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