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Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by exxy(m): 8:42pm On Sep 25, 2014
nice one jakaiso, for those insterested in schooling come to General Us student visa thread on page 0 of this travel forum.
Keep it up bro.
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by ibadin: 11:28am On Mar 30, 2015
@ Jakaiso.....Ur post really helped me a great deal,plz i need an important info from u Sir, i will be glad if i can get ur number sent to my mail............ibadinshine@yahoo.com...........i will be traveling to the US by next month, plz
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by cseejhay: 12:16pm On Jul 04, 2015
@ jakaiso....pls i really like your post. can i chat with you on private to ask some personal questions. sorry to disturb you.pls do me tgat honor. @ibadin.....pls i will like to chat with you also pls. thanx alot in advance!
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by tolexies: 3:35am On Dec 03, 2015
hey. I've been enjoying each and every post here. just wanna ask few things. I came into the US with a visit visa, just came in for the 2nd time last week, and i plan on going to school, so i can change my VISA status to Student's. So i went on an appointment at HCC (Houston Community College) for info, then i was told that i have to take an ESL Placement test, which i did, so I am to come back tomorrow for the result. so the adviser told me that my success in the test would determine if i would take English as an extra course or something....just wanna ask, what would anyone advise i do, to get the Student's visa quickly, for my Visa expires in 8months. i have an appointment with the adviser tommorrow. any other idea from anyone please?

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Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by tony2013: 8:01am On Dec 03, 2015
Thanks for the information... Pls i have a b1 b2 visa from Nigeria, what are the things to expect at the airport on arrival, cos this is my first time travelling to the US and also must i arrive at the designated city been included in my visa application process...
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by frank94(m): 12:52pm On Jan 04, 2016
Bro I really need a genuine advise on this,my uncle wants to buy a property(house) in texas usa,and wants to relocate their with his kids and wife,what do you think about it,based on visa issues and survival over their thanks.
jakaiso:
Its Easy to Succeed in America
For so long-I have heard about how difficlult it is for Nigerians and black people to succed in America. With evidence I have come to the conclusion that this is actually the opposite. Indeed a new book by Yale law professor Amy Chua lists Nigerians amongst 7 other culural groups as those most likely to succeed in America-this has only confirmed my observations.

I have lived in Nigeria,the UK, Ghana and been to other several countries-but I can tell you that IT IS EASY TO SUCCEED IN AMERICA. By success of course I mean- the ability to prosper financially and earn enough money to allow you to live comfortably.
Bros-if you are planning to come to America-please come, abeg come...there is milk and honey flowing here!

Dont get me wrong-you can succeed in Nigeria as well-but if your dream is to come to America-please come. All you need to do is to follow some simple rules-and success is yours.
Forget about all the so called bad things you hear happening in America-its less than 0.00001% of life in America and bad things happen every where. White people are not going to go make life difficult for you. Just obey the rules (and I know sometimes Nigerians find it diccult to obey rules), work smart, not just hard,save money and THINK.

RACISM
You might have heard that blacks are discriminanted against here. The truth is that sectionalism whether it be racism, tribalism, neoptisim occurs everywhere in the world. There are Ibos who hate Yorubas and Yorubas who hate Hausas and Hausas who hate Ijaws and Ijaws who hate Oginis. There are even Ibadan people who hate Ijebu people (yet there are both Yoruba). In Anambra-there are two communities- both speaking the same languagae who have been at war with each othere for decades-with many lives lost.


THINGS TO NOTE

BEFORE YOU COME
1)Education is good-but regardless-you will still have to go back to school. Aquire skills in carpentary,mechanic,plumbing,computer repair, electrical repairs or any other hands on skills. These are things that we look down on in Nigeria. But in Yankee-these guys earn up to $100 an hour. The carpentar who is going to repair my door wants me to pay him $160 for labour for a 30 minute job!
Combine this with your job and you can earn mega bucks.

2) Open a GT or an other bank account that gives you a mastercard-this will help you when you start sending things home to sell -so that you can get your money easily.

IF YOU COME WITH A SHORT VISA AND OVERSTAY
I dont advise anyone to do this. I know a popular musician who came here in the 90s-and is now stuck here. It can be difficult.

IF YOU COME WITH AN IMMIGRANT VISA /OR WORK VISA

1) Get a job. Get a job. Get a job. Dont make the mistake some like me who were self employed in Nigeria made. Get a job. There are jobs in America-ignore the stats. There may not be office jobs-but there are jobs. Target states with low unemployment like Minneosta-currently about 4 %!
With a school cert from Nigeria-you can get an entry job with pay of like $8 to $12 an hour. Walmart will pay you like $8 an hour-while Boston Scientific temp job will pay you like $10 an hour. With overtime-you can make as much as $500 to $700 a week-thats up to $2000 a month. Offer to do overtime-work yourself bro.
Nursing seems to be the easiest way to good pay these days. With a 2 week course-you can be on track and within 2 years -you can be an RN -earning $35 to $50 an hour and working just 3 days a week (12 hours a day). Giving you days to work over time or another job. I know many Nigerian Nurses earning $5000 to $8000 a month.
Then go ahead and get a bachelor degree and Masters.
And this is for men too.

2) Live below your income. Ignore the offers to buy new gadgets or iphones-discipline yourself and save at least 30% of your income. Forget about sending money to ANYONE in Naija for your first year or maybe your first few years. DOnt be like me-sending money to people who are not even hungry. Its better to send them 200,000 naira in 5 years time then $100 now (with them telling you that its too small!)

3) Get a second job if possible-even if its 10 hours a week. There are many of them-especially at the stores or schools.

4) Go to school-get a degree-if you plan to work all your life-it will make the difference in what you earn.

5) Start a small business. The easiest to start-is simple buying and selling to Nigeria. Electronics, clothes, books, computers, phones etc. $300 from your paycheck used to buy some items every month and shipped to Nigeria can be turned into $1000. I have done it before and still do it. With consistency -you can earn more from this then your paycheck.

6) Acceralate your credit status. The American life is made easier with the credit system. Its not an issue of borrowing money. Without a credit report and credit score,there are many things you cannot do-including renting an apartment in some places, buying a house and even getting a job these days. It takes about 2 years for the average immigrant to qualify for credit-but you can accelerate this process. Within your first month -apply for and get 1 or 2 secured credit cards-these are cards which you place a deposit to get. There is 100% approval on these cards as its your money.
For example the Capital One Card only requires $99-and you get the card with $99 to $200 on it. Your aim is to make sure that on your statement 80% of the money is still on it. You mustnt leave all the money there-YOU HAVE TO SPEND SOME. What I did was to allocate the card to a specific bill-maybe your phone bill or gas bill (petrol). Just make sure that on a $200 card for example-you have $160 there on the statement day. If you do this for 6 months to a year on two cards and combine this with a telephone bill or small car note -you can move your credit score from non existent to 700 in a year and 750 in 2 years. Within a year-you will start getting credit card offers of $1000 to $5000 or more. By your 2nd to 3rd year-you can use this credit score to buy a house/get up to $100,000 personal loan or more.
The average American uses their credit to buy clothes, go on vacations, pay bills. Use your credit for business-so that you can make money from it. I see no sense in borrowing money to eat or buy clothes.

7) Buy a House and turn it into Money-when I was in University in Nigeria-I was reading Ovation maagzine and in the edition-I saw pictures of Waisu Ayindes (KWAM 1-the Fuji muscian) opulent house in Cananda or USA-I cant remember. They said it was worth about N100 million (that was way back in 1996). I was like wow-this guy has made it o!
The first day I arrived in America -one of the first things i noticed was how the houses looked so much the one I had seen back in 1996 in Ovation. I later came to realise that even a messenger can own a 50 million naira house in America. Have a job with moderate income and good credit-and the house is yours. The secret is the mortagage. It was very easy before 2008-when ANYONE could buy a house,with the 2008 crisis-its a bit more difficult and you need at times up to 10% down payment.
But the point is-buy a house and plan to sell it within a year or 2 or use it for collateral. If you buy a house for $160,000 -you can sell it for up to $200,000 in a few years-the $40,000 is yours. In some areas-it could be more.
Or rather than sell-get a loan on the house (THAT IS IF YOU HAVE A SOUND BUSINESS TO PUT IT INTO) and make profit on the money.

cool Obey The Law
Dont drive without a liencse. Dont over speed. If you obey the law-you are 99.9% sure of not getting into trouble. Bad things sometimes happen to 'good people' and not just black people. Dont be driving and smoking hemp or driving while drunk or beating up your wife of girlfriend.

9) Become a Citizen
If you come here with a migrant visa-you can be a citizen in a few years and you can still keep your Nigerian citizenship.

America is still the greatest country in the world. The things we struggle for in Nigeria are taken for granted here. Buying a car or cars, buying a house etc. Armed robbers are not holding your estate hostage going from house to house, policemen are not waiting for you on the road, NEPA is not taking off the light at will,a rich man is not slapping your face and telling you to do your worst, you dont need connections to get a job......

I love Nigeria and one day I pray that Nigeria gets there-but if you can, come to YANKEE-make your money and go back if you must.
The one thing we need in Nigeria is order-if order comes, then every other thing will fall in place-the police, light, good roads, true democracy, justice , economic boom for all.

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Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by larrycool190(m): 1:17pm On Jan 29, 2016
Is it possible to work with a visiting visa?
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by justwise(m): 1:27pm On Jan 29, 2016
larrycool190:
Is it possible to work with a visiting visa?

Legally? No
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by Nobody: 3:57pm On Jan 31, 2016
Brother u did not talk of ppl with 2 year visite visa and what to stay and get a life?
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by MIKOLOWISKA: 5:53am On Mar 12, 2016
Cavenchy:


Good question. I honestly don't understand why some people just hate on Nigerians that are trying to find a better life in diaspora. Nigeria has so much prospects, the weather is great against depression, we have the population to build the nation a hundred fold into a mega super world power. Our problem is its seemingly impossible for the average civilian Nigerian to make the country better if the government policies and enforcement arms of governance are not doing much in support of the change. Every Nigerian who has left the country and returned would agree that Nigeria is in a pretty sorry state and really needs the sort of transformation that only government can provide. If any one is in doubt, try reporting a man who u see dropping a satchet of water in public to a nearby police officer and tell me what is likely to be the response of the officer. How do u then apprehend the suspect yourself when the ones to purnish him don't want to. You'lld even be lucky if you aren't charged with breaking the law for taking laws into your hands I really hope people like Tensor77 work in government enforcement to change the nation for better, otherwise he should accept the truth about what has become of our dear country and why its necessary for people (who have no authority of influencing change) to seek better pastures elsewhere.
why dem no enter farm
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by boommer: 6:12pm On Mar 13, 2016
i went for american embassy for interview but i was nt given.the tin was that she asked me if i was a business man which i said yes but it seem she saw me as a little pls i want to ask,what made her refuse me since my documents where complete and correct
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by aariwa(m): 1:34pm On Jun 06, 2016
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Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by bykeman01(m): 8:57pm On Jun 20, 2016
Evening Nairalanders. Can can anyone give a some information on how to migrate to America. Please where do I start. Thanks in anticipation
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by Nobody: 12:32am On Jun 21, 2016
bykeman01:
Evening Nairalanders. Can can anyone give a some information on how to migrate to America. Please where do I start. Thanks in anticipation
Google is your friend.
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by piperson(m): 2:29pm On Jun 30, 2016
tensor77:

Then you are wise. OP Speak for yourself. You think everyone is crazy about America. The answer is No I don't want to go to America.
Enjoy it yourself if you want. You should be talking about how to make Nigeria better instead of trying to encourage the gullible to leave Nigeria.
why don't you create your own thread, encouraging people to stay in naija.. otondo

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Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by Olayiwola124(m): 8:28am On Jul 14, 2016
Can i survive in America without knowing or having relative overthere and with 2years visiting visa can it possible to be working. More also I have HND in accountancy, will it be of advantage for me to get job and further my education. Thanks waiting for ur response
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by Olayiwola124(m): 8:09pm On Jul 23, 2016
Is it possible to convert the visit visa to working visa when I get to US and with my HND in accountancy, can I get good paid job?
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by richnet(m): 4:46am On Aug 10, 2016
Please which other states is someone likely to make it easily..
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by Ugosample(m): 5:45pm On Aug 10, 2016
ooshinibos:


BRUV ...u dont know what you are missing ( your mind has been conditioned to unlawfulness and disorder ) , living in Nigeria is another thing ,,,until you visit the USA ...and come back to Nigeria then you will know you are suffering and underliving in Nigeria ....No place like home is a good theme but ur home dont have light ; GOOD EDUCATION AND BASIC AMENITIES ..what kind of home is that !!! , the truth ..Nigerians are not honest ..and thats why how leaders are not performing because citizens cannot distinguish between life and death, prosperity and poverty ...dont get me wrong , if you have money ,you will enjoy Nigeria ( but the chance of armed robbers taking their share is high ) , when have u slept or just going your normal way without thinking of thevies breaking into your house or armed robbers bunping into you ? .. living in USA or UK ( i have lived both ) has his short comings ( if you dont have papers or you are out of a job ) but compare to Nigeria ...you cannot even start ...not comparable ,,,cant you see the queues at the uk and usa EMBASSIES ?..these people are not stupid now ...Nigeria is for the elites ,Army , and rich folks ..if the poor have their way they will alll leave Nigeria today ..at least for now ..until we get our acts together ,Nigeria is the pits ,,enough said bruv


You are right....
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by ooshinibos: 6:51pm On Aug 10, 2016
Ugosample:



You are right....

Am glad you agree ..leave now when you can
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by okgerald(m): 9:26am On Sep 12, 2016
Hummm. My head of operations in the bank was always talking down on travelling abroad. She is always saying things like ' she can only travel to enjoy herself, cannot live in America or abroad...etc'

She has never travelled before Mind you. An opportunity presented itself and she travelled. By the crime she came back story has changed o. Now she is looking for ways to migrate to canada. Though she went to USA for a function. I am now wondering what made her change her mind. Even though she is earning good pay in a Bank.

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Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by Osama10(m): 11:35am On Sep 15, 2016
^^^^^

Seeing is believing grin.
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by Gab27: 11:18pm On Oct 05, 2016
okgerald:
Hummm. My head of operations in the bank was always talking down on travelling abroad. She is always saying things like ' she can only travel to enjoy herself, cannot live in America or abroad...etc'

She has never travelled before Mind you. An opportunity presented itself and she travelled. By the crime she came back story has changed o. Now she is looking for ways to migrate to canada. Though she went to USA for a function. I am now wondering what made her change her mind. Even though she is earning good pay in a Bank.

When she sees things are totally different ...LOL

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Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by mama777(f): 4:08am On Oct 11, 2016
Contact me for dollar exchange $1= N410 nduanusi@gmail.com
Re: How To Make It As A Nigerian In America In 2014 by Nobody: 11:41pm On Dec 16, 2016
vicfajeze:
Thanks for D info.America here i come.

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