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Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by d2ddayo(m): 3:56pm On Dec 04, 2014
hi, please i intend to apply for a NIV again this December to visit my best friend and his family for the Xmas holiday. to last for a week with them before i return back work. now this is my predicament, i ve applied in 2010 but was denied based on the fact that my uncle inviting me left Nigeria some years back with a visit visa but getting there i think he met his present wife n didn't come back. the next time i applied was January this year to visit my best friend and his family but was also denied again. now my question is this, is could there be another reason why i would be denied at this other time, because on the letter given, wasn't stated while i was denied. if its based on tie to return back to Nigeria, i do have all reasons, i have a very good job that pays me about 180k monthly, am married with a child which my wife also works, i have traveled to several European countries in the past 5 years on official and vacation reasons without staying an extra day in any of these countries. now i only wish to visit my best friend who is a marine for the Christmas holiday and i am a bit scared to be denied again. would have appreciated it if reasons for denial are expressed to applicants so we would know the reason and as well know if we re still eligible to apply at a particular time because i know how short interviews are and all. please i will just appreciate your kind gesture to reply this even though i know there is a little of information you can put up here. thank you once again.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by Raahym(m): 7:49pm On Dec 04, 2014
Good Day VO,

I am a Nigerian Resident in South Africa. Before now i had been employed in a couple of companies in Nigeria with the most influential one in my life been an employment with the well known Entertainment Highway Limited (HiTV) as an IT Administrator until 2009 when i got an offer from an old employer who had established a company in South Africa and wanted me to join with my level of experience. This i took and moved to South Africa in 2009 without my girl child and wife because i needed to settle in first.

The company secured my work permit after i arrived in South Africa and after having saved much i decided to immigrate my wife and daughter which became positive. After my family had joined me we then started travelling, went to Malaysia in 2013 and then to the UK as well and then in 2013 applied for a US visa for the 2013 december holiday but to my dismay were refused and reason as hinted by the VO that interviewed me "he doubts me as i have not mentioned to have been refused visa in 2002" this was actually an honest mistake as time and event had taken over my memory and then later applied again with my family in early 2014 to celebrate our wedding anniversary and again refused.
This has left me confused because i have an even coming up in Las vegas in 2015 and planned to apply early 2015 but am scared as i do not know what has been written against my name and afraid might be refused again as am applying alone now.

Please advice. I appreciate you.

God Bless
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by richard4ssky: 10:10am On Dec 05, 2014
abujaniv:


As always, we advise you to answer this and any other questions truthfully. Why DID you select a particular school? Your answer can speak to your motivations and qualifications as a student. That being said, there is no specific answer that we're looking for. Speak from the heart and speak truthfully.
thanks for the info please can I tell the vo that I call a lecturer in the school and he told me abt d project I we be carrying out and hw is going to make me more productive at my place of work.... So what do u think sir
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by abujaniv: 12:24pm On Dec 05, 2014
d2ddayo:
hi, please i intend to apply for a NIV again this December to visit my best friend and his family for the Xmas holiday. to last for a week with them before i return back work. now this is my predicament, i ve applied in 2010 but was denied based on the fact that my uncle inviting me left Nigeria some years back with a visit visa but getting there i think he met his present wife n didn't come back. the next time i applied was January this year to visit my best friend and his family but was also denied again. now my question is this, is could there be another reason why i would be denied at this other time, because on the letter given, wasn't stated while i was denied. if its based on tie to return back to Nigeria, i do have all reasons, i have a very good job that pays me about 180k monthly, am married with a child which my wife also works, i have traveled to several European countries in the past 5 years on official and vacation reasons without staying an extra day in any of these countries. now i only wish to visit my best friend who is a marine for the Christmas holiday and i am a bit scared to be denied again. would have appreciated it if reasons for denial are expressed to applicants so we would know the reason and as well know if we re still eligible to apply at a particular time because i know how short interviews are and all. please i will just appreciate your kind gesture to reply this even though i know there is a little of information you can put up here. thank you once again.

We cannot comment on specific cases on this forum. You are welcome to reapply for a visa, and to come in for interview and explain your purpose of travel, ties to Nigeria, etc. Generally when most applicants are refused a visa, they are refused under Section 214(b) of our law. This law has many components, but pertains to a person's claimed purpose of travel, as well as their ties (social, economic, etc) to their home country. We do not provide detailed explanations of a decision, but will always inform the applicant of the section of the law under which they are not eligible at the time of refusal.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by abujaniv: 12:26pm On Dec 05, 2014
Raahym:
Good Day VO,

I am a Nigerian Resident in South Africa. Before now i had been employed in a couple of companies in Nigeria with the most influential one in my life been an employment with the well known Entertainment Highway Limited (HiTV) as an IT Administrator until 2009 when i got an offer from an old employer who had established a company in South Africa and wanted me to join with my level of experience. This i took and moved to South Africa in 2009 without my girl child and wife because i needed to settle in first.

The company secured my work permit after i arrived in South Africa and after having saved much i decided to immigrate my wife and daughter which became positive. After my family had joined me we then started travelling, went to Malaysia in 2013 and then to the UK as well and then in 2013 applied for a US visa for the 2013 december holiday but to my dismay were refused and reason as hinted by the VO that interviewed me "he doubts me as i have not mentioned to have been refused visa in 2002" this was actually an honest mistake as time and event had taken over my memory and then later applied again with my family in early 2014 to celebrate our wedding anniversary and again refused.
This has left me confused because i have an even coming up in Las vegas in 2015 and planned to apply early 2015 but am scared as i do not know what has been written against my name and afraid might be refused again as am applying alone now.

Please advice. I appreciate you.

God Bless

We cannot comment on specific cases, however, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS complete your DS-160 application form accurately. This includes whether or not you've applied for past visas. If you do not fill out your application form correctly, it could be construed as trying to conceal some material fact or mal intent. However, you are welcome to reapply (at least 90 days after your last interview). If you do, complete your form ACCURATELY, and explain this in the visa interview.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by abujaniv: 12:27pm On Dec 05, 2014
richard4ssky:
thanks for the info please can I tell the vo that I call a lecturer in the school and he told me abt d project I we be carrying out and hw is going to make me more productive at my place of work.... So what do u think sir

You can tell the officer whatever you feel is what helped you to make your decision. We cannot comment further than that.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by Vicobaba123: 7:52am On Dec 06, 2014
Dear VO,
I was denied visa yesterday. I want to know if a spouse of a USC is not eligible for a non immigrate visa. I have a good job here in Nigeria and our kids are Nigerians but the lady that interviewed me said I have a stronger ties to the USA than to Nigeria, how could that be even when I told her I have no plan moving my family to the USA and that my wife will be returning finally back to Nigeria 24th Dec.
Also I have a conference organized by the American society of civil engineers of which I am member in feb 2015 do u think I can apply ? And what are my chances?
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by sthaykins: 10:57am On Dec 07, 2014
I was issued 2 years B1-B2 Visa in Abuja around March 2014, i left Nigeria to attend a conference Austin TX, i paid $370 and i was send an Invitation letter via PDF which i downloaded, but before i left MM Airport in Nigeria i was given a boarding pass from Nigeria to Qatar but unfortunately i wasn't give from Qatar to TX. I had 9 hours stopped over, about to board in i was on the Queue to get a boarding pass an America Airline representative stopped and asked for my boarding pass but i can't provide one. He then ask for my invitation letter, ID card, Ticket and he collected my passport, he was typing on his phone and took pictures of all my document, he then said i can no longer travel with this Visa that i will be sent back to Nigeria, i asked him what have i done, he said the visa is no longer valid but the visa will expire in March 21 2016. I was confused, on getting to Nigeria i went to Abuja Embassy the following Monday to explain myself, an officer who attended to me stamped cancelled on my Visa that i can no longer use it and she said I could reapply if i want. Could you please advise if i can apply through DHL DROP BOX or i should go to the Embassy in person once again. Thanks
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by onye1234: 10:57pm On Dec 07, 2014
Good morning VO
please, i need your help.
I helped my brother girlfriend to apply for DS 160. When scheduling for appointment i made a mistake by saying she is 80. She is 38 years old.
No appointment was given. they asked her to drop off her passport and other documents.
She has not been to USA before. what should i do?
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by Nobody: 3:54am On Dec 08, 2014
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Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by jayokla: 8:11pm On Dec 08, 2014
Dear VO,
Compliments of the season, please i have someone who has been denied student visa twice before, and now this person has been invited for a wedding in the US for next year and the invitee has already sent her the Wedding I.V and even a back up letter with his company's letter headed paper stating that she has an important role to play at his wedding and included his personal details for verification purposes. My question now is, will the invitee have to forward the same letter to the embassy, as in copy the embassy? Thanks in anticipation.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by Udiboy(f): 5:52am On Dec 09, 2014
GOOD MORNING VO,
I MADE A MISTAKE NOW FILLING OUT APPOINTMENT FOR MY B1/B2 VISA INTERVIEW,I DID NOT INCLUDE MY MIDDLE NAME IN THE APPOITMENT BECAUSE IT JUST SAID FIRST NAME,BUT I JUST READ THROUGH THE INSTRUCTIONS AGAIN AND I REALIZED YOU HAVE TO INCLUDE MIDDLE NAME AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR PASSPORT.SO INSTEAD OF UDI OBY EUNICE AS I HAVE ON MY PASPPORT AND DS-160.I HAVE JUST UDI OBY ON MY APPT CONFIRMATION LETTER.
PLEASE,WHAT DO I DO.I SCHEDULED INTERVIEW FOR JAN,5TH ALREADY.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by abujaniv: 7:39am On Dec 09, 2014
Vicobaba123:
Dear VO,
I was denied visa yesterday. I want to know if a spouse of a USC is not eligible for a non immigrate visa. I have a good job here in Nigeria and our kids are Nigerians but the lady that interviewed me said I have a stronger ties to the USA than to Nigeria, how could that be even when I told her I have no plan moving my family to the USA and that my wife will be returning finally back to Nigeria 24th Dec.
Also I have a conference organized by the American society of civil engineers of which I am member in feb 2015 do u think I can apply ? And what are my chances?

We don't comment on the individual "chances" of a visa application. As mentioned before, all applicants have to overcome 214(b), and show their ties to their home country are stronger than their ties to the US. Obviously, an American citizen spouse is usually seen as a pretty strong tie to the US, especially if that spouse is living in the US.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by abujaniv: 7:41am On Dec 09, 2014
Udiboy:
GOOD MORNING VO,
I MADE A MISTAKE NOW FILLING OUT APPOINTMENT FOR MY B1/B2 VISA INTERVIEW,I DID NOT INCLUDE MY MIDDLE NAME IN THE APPOITMENT BECAUSE IT JUST SAID FIRST NAME,BUT I JUST READ THROUGH THE INSTRUCTIONS AGAIN AND I REALIZED YOU HAVE TO INCLUDE MIDDLE NAME AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR PASSPORT.SO INSTEAD OF UDI OBY EUNICE AS I HAVE ON MY PASPPORT AND DS-160.I HAVE JUST UDI OBY ON MY APPT CONFIRMATION LETTER.
PLEASE,WHAT DO I DO.I SCHEDULED INTERVIEW FOR JAN,5TH ALREADY.

It's always important to follow the instructions. Please feel free to contact our appointment providers to see about modifiying your appointment: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-main-contactus.asp
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by abujaniv: 7:43am On Dec 09, 2014
jayokla:
Dear VO,
Compliments of the season, please i have someone who has been denied student visa twice before, and now this person has been invited for a wedding in the US for next year and the invitee has already sent her the Wedding I.V and even a back up letter with his company's letter headed paper stating that she has an important role to play at his wedding and included his personal details for verification purposes. My question now is, will the invitee have to forward the same letter to the embassy, as in copy the embassy? Thanks in anticipation.

This has been mentioned before, but we generally don't base our decisions on documentation, especially for travel purposes such as what you're describing. So, forwarding a letter to us vs. not forwarding a letter to us will probably make no difference in the outcome of the case, especially if the applicant is applying for a B1/B2.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by abujaniv: 7:48am On Dec 09, 2014
onye1234:
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please, i need your help.
I helped my brother girlfriend to apply for DS 160. When scheduling for appointment i made a mistake by saying she is 80. She is 38 years old.
No appointment was given. they asked her to drop off her passport and other documents.
She has not been to USA before. what should i do?

That's quite the mistake. You have raised her age to such a level where she is no longer required to attend a visa interview. Contact info for our helpcenter is here: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-main-contactus.asp

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Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by abujaniv: 7:53am On Dec 09, 2014
sthaykins:
I was issued 2 years B1-B2 Visa in Abuja around March 2014, i left Nigeria to attend a conference Austin TX, i paid $370 and i was send an Invitation letter via PDF which i downloaded, but before i left MM Airport in Nigeria i was given a boarding pass from Nigeria to Qatar but unfortunately i wasn't give from Qatar to TX. I had 9 hours stopped over, about to board in i was on the Queue to get a boarding pass an America Airline representative stopped and asked for my boarding pass but i can't provide one. He then ask for my invitation letter, ID card, Ticket and he collected my passport, he was typing on his phone and took pictures of all my document, he then said i can no longer travel with this Visa that i will be sent back to Nigeria, i asked him what have i done, he said the visa is no longer valid but the visa will expire in March 21 2016. I was confused, on getting to Nigeria i went to Abuja Embassy the following Monday to explain myself, an officer who attended to me stamped cancelled on my Visa that i can no longer use it and she said I could reapply if i want. Could you please advise if i can apply through DHL DROP BOX or i should go to the Embassy in person once again. Thanks

There are two ways visas can be cancelled. If the stamp on the visa reads "cancelled without prejudice", that is a routine cancellation, and generally does not preclude using the drop box renewal program. If the visa simply reads "cancelled", that generally means the visa was revoked. Revoked visas don't qualify for the drop box renewal program.

Incidentally, when a visa is revoked, we try to contact the visa holder via the contact information they list on their DS-160 so they know it has been revoked - that way, the very situation you're describing is less likely to happen. One more reason to make sure all the information you list on your DS-160 is correct.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by abujaniv: 7:54am On Dec 09, 2014
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Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by tiebe: 8:05am On Dec 09, 2014
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Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by tiebe: 8:07am On Dec 09, 2014
abujaniv:


Hello, i read on the us embassy website that the there are several uses of a B1/b2 visa and medical use was included. so, I wonder why some people are advised to write the embassy to inform them that they would be using the visa to travel to the U.S to give birth.

if i obtained the visa for a conference, traveled for the conference and then subsequently, used the same visa to travel to visit disney land, I am not required to write the embassy to say i am no longer using it for conference but for tourism. So, why does it seem like the rules change when/if i want to use the visa to travel to the U.S to give birth?

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Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by Nobody: 10:58am On Dec 09, 2014
abujaniv:


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I mistakenly answered a question here thinking it was the usa visit visa thread so I had to instantly modify smiley as I know individuals can't answer questions or divert the thread

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Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by kingsdaughter: 3:00pm On Dec 10, 2014
Dear VO,

I was wondering what location in Nigeria I would select on the first page of the DS160 form "Select a location where you will be applying for this visa" dropdown menu since I would be applying via Drop box in Port Harcourt.

Thanks in anticipation of your response.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by onye1234: 3:51pm On Dec 10, 2014
Good morning VO
please, i need your help.
I helped my brother girlfriend to apply for DS 160. When scheduling for appointment i made a mistake by saying she is 80. She is 38 years old.
No appointment was given. they asked her to drop off her passport and other documents.
She has not been to USA before. what should i do?
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by abujaniv: 7:50am On Dec 11, 2014
tiebe:


Hello, i read on the us embassy website that the there are several uses of a B1/b2 visa and medical use was included. so, I wonder why some people are advised to write the embassy to inform them that they would be using the visa to travel to the U.S to give birth.

if i obtained the visa for a conference, traveled for the conference and then subsequently, used the same visa to travel to visit disney land, I am not required to write the embassy to say i am no longer using it for conference but for tourism. So, why does it seem like the rules change when/if i want to use the visa to travel to the U.S to give birth?

You are correct that travel for medical purposes is one included as a use of B1/B2. There's no requirement that B1/B2 visa holders email us to inform that they are going to use their B1/B2 for medical purposes, though many choose to do so. (Looking through those messages, it appears in general the emails are largely questions like "can I use my B1/B2 for medical purposes", similiar to your question.)

In response to those questions, we do point out (and I'll reiterate the same point here) that a visa is just permission to go to the US and ask a Customs and Border Protection officer (CBP - the folks checking passports at the airport) for clearance to enter the country. If you are seeking to use your B1/B2 for medical purposes, the same guidelines we require to issue a visa for a medical purpose remain in effect when CBP is deciding if they will let you in. (For reference, here's the guidelines: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/nigeria/487468/pdfs/MedicalVisaInformation.pdf ). So it's important that you have that documentation ready to show a CBP officer once you get off the plane.

I hope that answers your question. Usually what gets people in trouble isn't using the B1/B2 for a conference, and then a year later using the same visa for a medical procedure. It's when people say they are going to use the B1/B2 for a conference, but when they show up at the border a few weeks later there's no mention of a conference and instead they're seeking a medical procedure - at that point it's usually clear some sort of deception has occured.

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Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by abujaniv: 7:54am On Dec 11, 2014
onye1234:
Good morning VO
please, i need your help.
I helped my brother girlfriend to apply for DS 160. When scheduling for appointment i made a mistake by saying she is 80. She is 38 years old.
No appointment was given. they asked her to drop off her passport and other documents.
She has not been to USA before. what should i do?

That's quite the mistake. You have raised her age to such a level where she is no longer required to attend a visa interview. Contact info for our helpcenter is here: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-main-contactus.asp
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by mario2575: 8:20am On Dec 11, 2014
Hello VO. Please I would like to find out if a mother and daughter can apply for b1/b2 visa together. Will both the mother and daugher be present for the interview. Will they pay seperate visa appointment fees? The mother has been to the UK 4 times In the past 6 years but now wants to visit the US with her daughter on vacation. She is married and has strong home ties but what are the chances of her daughter who doesn't have travel history is single and unmarried in her mid twenties. Thank you.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by oloriakinyemi: 9:27am On Dec 11, 2014
Good morning VO,
I have a pending spousal visa,my husband filed in for me and my daughter since March this year.while waiting,I ask him to invite us on B1/B2.my Question is,what is our chance of getting the visiting visa?do we still have any ties to our country since my husband is over there already?thanks
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by petitebussy: 12:01pm On Dec 11, 2014
Good afternoon sir,pls I'm a little worried,I made a mistake in my Irish visa application though it was denied,now I'm applying for us with accurate information so I don't know if the Irish refusal stamp on my passport would affect or has anything to do with my us application.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by tiebe: 7:14pm On Dec 11, 2014
abujaniv:



I hope that answers your question.

thanks. it does.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by somchisom: 10:20pm On Dec 11, 2014
Hello,
please assist.
While filling my ds-160 form, i mistakenly filled B1/B2 as visa type instead of B2. I have also made payment at the bank for same class. I just realised the mistake while trying to pick an appointment date for the interview. Please advise on what i should do. Thank you.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by dabigbangishere: 10:28pm On Dec 11, 2014
Hello VO... good afternoon. I was supposed to go for the OilComm Conference in Texas so I went for interview on the 21st of October 2014. I was surprised when the person that was supposed to interview didn't do what he was supposed to do and just refused me without no explanations or questions. The only question asked was my ID which I gave him and that was all. I was a bit confused but just got to comply. Why do you think I was refused even when my intentions of going for a conference was very clear?

Also, I will be going for visitation next year with my wife and kids... what chances do I have and what will be the requirement for a family visa? Although I've traveled to South Africa before but as a single man and not with family. I will like to know how to fill forms and what will be the documents that will be attached with my kids passport since they are just 3 and 2 years respectively. I will really appreciate your response.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We’re Listening by drmathewchuku: 7:23am On Dec 12, 2014
Good morning sir
I need your advise sir .about two years ago.my
wife applied for an immigrant visa for work
placement as a nurse
and included our first born and she was not
granted the visa due to incomplete
documentation .she was to reschedule for
another interview and she changed her mind.as
at 11th of december 2014 which was
yesterday ,my daughter applied for an
F-1 visa to study in the usa after I made
payment for her tuition.now the VO refered back
to the non immigrant visa application as
submitted by my wife in 2012.
so my daughter was denied visa.
my wife then sent a mail to the immigrant
lawyer in the usa that was handling her
immigrant application then and she was told
that few weeks ago he got a mail from
america embassy that it has been terminated
and he suggested thay my daughter can reapply. sir can she truly reapply and
how can she convince the consular that the
previous application for immigrant visa by her
mother has
been terminated
thanks you sir

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