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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 17 by fairheart(m): 6:16pm On Sep 11
It is not advised to apply to one school. And yes, your friend was right. You could be refused, and several students have been refused in the past for just this. The standard is 2-4 for graduate school and 4 for undergraduate. If you were to get admission through guidance from EducationUSA, they would only take you if you apply to multiple schools.

It is safe for you too. Of course, people apply to one school and lie at the embassy that they did multiple.

Olunchukwu:
lol how is applying to one school a red flag? what if its your dream school? its either that school or nothing
Thank you because I was already loosing hope I applied to my dream school which I got accepted at. But a friend said I will not be approved because I applied to one school

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 17 by fairheart(m): 6:10pm On Sep 11
GRE material sent to your email! Good luck!
Chuksfestus:
Please I will be needing the mock interview and admission / scholarship motivation letter and also GRE prep material thanks
My Email Chukzyfestus@gmail.com
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 17 by fairheart(m): 6:10pm On Sep 11
You can see an earlier date, but the way the date system works, you may not see the same date that someone who does not have an appointment sees. In some cases, to see an earlier date, you may have to cancel the current one. This automatically puts you in the pool of those who did not have a current appointment so that when new dates are released, you also see it.

A lot has changed. Before, you can have a date and see earlier dates that those without appointments are seeing. But these days, it is complicated.

AmazingDoyin:
Please is it possible to get a date earlier than what I already chose on the CGI portal (the date I was given and I chose was June 2023)
But each time I login to reschedule when someone updates an earlier date I'm always seeing July 2023.
Will I ever see an earlier date flash on my screen or do I need to cancel this June date?
Thank you.

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 17 by fairheart(m): 6:06pm On Sep 11
Yes, she can do that!
I don't know how the self-sponsor will work out. This is the angle to look at things from how much is in the account. Will it cover 2 years of the program or is it only one year? If it is just one year (which is the least amount you need to show), the consular will be looking at it from this angle: where do you get additional funds when the one-year fee in the student account is expended? You can't work on f1. So, I personally don't like the idea of f1 self-sponsor. Some VOs may not care, but most do...especially a nurse. It may give the impression that she will want to work illegally or be out of status when the one-year funds in her account are expended.

I advise her to co-sponsor. She finds a family member as a sponsor, saying she will be paying for her living expenses from the funds she saved up over the years while working in the UK. Also, there is a possibility she may be refused and told to apply from Nigeria. So, she should apply with this information in mind.

This is just my opinion, from experience.

uist:
Hello everyone,

Please I need help with my question, can someone apply for F1 visa from the UK?

My friend is a registered nurse in the UK, and recently got masters admission in MPH for spring 2023.

Self sponsored, can he apply for F1 from the UK?
How do he show ties and convince the visa officer that he will come back to Nigeria or to the UK?
Did he have any chances of getting the visa from the UK, or does he need to come to Nigeria to apply for the f1 visa.
Please help.

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 17 by fairheart(m): 5:59pm On Sep 11
It depends on the applicant's case. Last 2 months, one of the guys who reached out to me here applied with his wife and child, and they were approve at the same spot -- without/with assistantship. If the case is without assistantship, I recommend they drop the f2 for now and apply alone, and the family can join later. Sometimes, I suggest they try together, if they are refused, the f1 try alone and f2 can join later. It always work, but it is case by case.

Gokoyer1401:
F2 visa na something.
Thank you for your contribution.
Why the VO asked why OP didn't apply together with her husband? Does it mean that OP might get the F2 visa had it been that she applied with her husband (F1)?

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Foreign Affairs / Re: US Bans ‘advanced Tech’ Firms From Building Facilities In China For 10 Years by fairheart(m): 10:04pm On Sep 07
But these companies' products are Made in China. How do you explain that? America does not have the skilled and industrious workforce to make these gadgets at the rate the Chinese are making them. So, if China factories closed down, where would they go? Africa? Europeans are not so industrious as the Chinese.

For this world to be a better place, we need each other. China is a very important global player!

saxywale2:

Do you mean another term though for the bolded.

What's commonly referred to big tech is the name given to the most dominant companies in IT. That is: Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Meta,and Microsoft.
Foreign Affairs / Re: US Bans ‘advanced Tech’ Firms From Building Facilities In China For 10 Years by fairheart(m): 10:01pm On Sep 07
Exactly! You get it.
Upworkwriter007:
Lol. This is not even about Taiwan. It's purely competition. China has been whooping US's ass nowadays with Advanced Tech. And US has to catch up fast. Really fast.
Foreign Affairs / Re: US Bans ‘advanced Tech’ Firms From Building Facilities In China For 10 Years by fairheart(m): 9:56pm On Sep 07
So you think Americans want to work in factories as the Chinese do to make commodities that are used in the US? grin grin
Think twice! China is doing its research. In fact, they are now producing my doctorate degrees more than the U.S.

sonature1:
America is now beginning to have sense.

If China wants to compete with the US, invest in research like the US does.

Don't depend on tech transfer and turn around to compete with the US.

Keep American jobs in America!

Foreign Affairs / Re: US Bans ‘advanced Tech’ Firms From Building Facilities In China For 10 Years by fairheart(m): 9:54pm On Sep 07
This is a layman's view of things. If you say China was built by America, did Africa build China too?
China built itself by having a large skilled and industrious workforce, which has dwindled within the last 2 decades in America.
Same way, China simply positions itself as a global manufacturing hub powered by cheap labor, which means more profits for American companies operating in China. Most Americans will and cannot do the tasks and jobs that the Chinese are doing to produce global commodities. So, how would China not have a competitive advantage over America?

Same way, Africa is not able to produce most of what China is producing for us.

Do you know what this means? It means that while we should produce for ourselves, we go to China to produce it and bring it home. And there is a universal law: who he produces makes most of the money.
The U.S cannot untangle from China! To do that will crush the American economy, and its citizens will struggle to produce the majority of the commodities that are produced in China. I am in the U.S., and most commodities, computers, and stuff here carry Made in China.

Moving on, it is the country that makes things for others that hold the key to global economic dominance, and that country is China, followed by (in the near future, India). It is a matter of time, but I sense that two global economies will be in Asia.

Have a nice day!

pascal558:
Arabu zombies will not like this news. They think Ukrainians are American citizens and they celebrate their death because they hate US for killing terrorists.

China was built by US, If not they would have still been slaves to Japan and Mongolia. Jackie Chan, Jet li, dun yen and other's have done several movies on this.

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 17 by fairheart(m): 5:32pm On Sep 06
techkay:
Please, I need everyone' s contribution concerning my case.

I am F2 with 2 kids and our visa was delayed on 23/06/22 in Lagos.

How soon can I reapply?

The interview.

Vo: good morning ma

Me: good morning sir

Vo: pass me your documents

Me: I passed my documents

Vo: why are you going to the US

Me: I'm going to the US to support my husband who's presently studying for his PhD in the department of electrical engr. As a PhD student, my husband enrolled for some courses, he is also a GTA and teaches some undergraduate courses for his department, he also conducts research in the...... Vo cuts in

Vo. What was he doing before he traveled

Me: he is a lecturer in federal University of .......... here in Nigeria, he's currently on study leave to pursue his PhD and will definitely return after the completion of his program

Vo: what are you doing?

Me: I have been working consistently as a .............. in the university of ........ , . I'm presently in so so cadre. I've discussed my traveling plan with my employer and have agreed to acceed to my request as soon my Visa is granted

Vo. You want to stay in the US for 3 years

Me: no. I want to stay for 5years, my husband PhD program is for 6years and has spent one year already. I want to stay for the rest of his program so that I cook for him and give him emotional and moral supports he needs to finish his PhD on time so that we can both return to our places of work here in Nigeria.

Vo: what will his PhD do for him

Me: It will enable him to get promoted to the level of senior lecturer and also help him to carry out more outstanding research in his field upon his return to Nigeria

Vo. You want to leave your work for 5years?

Me: yes, I have discussed with my employer and have agreed to transfer two of my colleagues who perform similar duties with me to take up my role until I return back after the completion of my husband program

Vo: why didn't you go with him?

Me : there was a project of going on in my section at my place of work And I was in charge of the section I have to be on ground to supervise the project

Vo: Who is funding your trip?

Me: the major part of the funding is coming from GTA he receives from the University. My husband has been working consistently in Nigeria university for the past 8 years, and has been saving for the past 8years. He has worked with ..... university, he has worked with.... Vo cuts in and ask

Vo: how much was his salary?

Me: I said it

Vo: how much is your own salary?
Me: I said it

Vo: how many siblings do you have?

Me: 2

Vo: any in the US

Me: no

Vo: how many siblings does your husband have

Me: 4

Vo: any in the US

Me: no

Vo types for long and issue a blue paper saying sorry you are not qualify for us Visa at the moment, you can try again in the future.


Please what has gone wrong here?
And how soon can I reapply?
How do I answer what has changed?


I am seriously down since yesterday, please help me out.

The ideal time frame should have been 3 to 6 months. This is what I always advise! As F2, unable to work, or study, it doesn't make sense to say you will be jobless for 5 years. 5 years! It is like you are saying, "Hey, I will be sacrificing my career to go sit in the U.S with my husband for 5 years."
That is why the consular asked you twice: "Do you want to stay in the U.S for three years? You want to stay in the U.S for 5 years." Which employer will wait for you for 5 years? 5 years! 1 year is reasonable, and 2 is acceptable in rare circumstances, but 5 years?

You also said the purpose of going is to support him. You didn't specify why; even saying the kids miss him and I have missed the daily hug I get will arouse the empathy of the VO and consider your purpose for applying legitimate. Of course, it is legitimate, but in my opinion, you should have planned this well.

Who is funding your trip? You said his GTA!!! No! Are you saying you do not have any funds saved from your own years of working? If he has been saving for 8 years, why would he sponsor you from his GTA? Where is that saving? Even if he is the one paying, why say his GTA? If he is paying flight from GTA, how much is that? If your own income is considerably lower than his, and you are going away for 5 years means no income for you, how would that stipend take care of 4 people?

"You could have said my husband has a saving of 5 million naira before he left, and I will be using these funds for our flights and during our stay."

You see, the VO was probing, which is why he/she wanted to know how much both of you earn. A key factor in Visa approval is funding. The U.S. has refused more people due to weak financial circumstances (or answers that portray applicants so) than any other reasons. You did not overcome that during the interview, and my opinion is that the VO was not convinced you'd return if you're approved.

Nevertheless, it is not over. Make changes and go back...but give it time. This time, craft strong and emotional reasons for wanting to go support your busy husband and think about whether you really want to insist you want to leave your job for 5 years on a visa you are not eligible to work. But be specific on how long. Why that long?

All of what you just read is opinion based on my assessment of Q&A in the transcript you shared. You don't have to take any of it seriously.
All the best!

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Foreign Affairs / Re: NATO Calls Russia Its ‘Most Significant and Direct Threat’ by fairheart(m): 3:09am On Jul 03
I am in the U.S and I can tell you that all America will do is research on how to invade Russia but will not actually do it. It will be suicidal; it is like saying Russia can successfully invade the U.S and get out victoriously. It is almost impossible! Most of you on Nairaland is not as exposed as you often claim to be. For the most powerful country (militarily) to declare a country as an "existential threat," you should know that country is potent!

The day the U.S attempt to rally European Nations to invade Russia is the day WWW III will start, and it will be fought with nuclear weapons.
I can tell you based on the assessment of US military generals that the US would rather weaken Russia and see if it can be divided than launching a military invasion. First, their armies will be overstretched, given the size of Russia and 11 or 12 different time zones. Secondly, you have to make Russia incapable of launching its BMS and hypersonic weapons, which can reach anywhere in the US and in Europe. Right now, that is a pipe dream.

Also, you must be able to fire a lot of missiles to destroy the Capital and other key military sites, most of which are armed with the world's best air defense systems. I can tell you that No country at this moment can and will invade Russia and return alive.

What about Russia's ability to destroy U.S military satellites for defensive purposes? Remember, Russia is one of the best 2 countries in space technologies, and they have innovated to weaponize space. So, they will be waiting from there as well.

It may have made some mistakes in Ukraine, but Russia is a powerful country. It is unfortunate that the Russia-Ukraine crisis turned into a war. This should have been settled peacefully.

You mentioned Hitler's Germany, but Russia is not Germany. If Hitler had the nuclear weapons and technologies that present Russia has, war two would have turned out differently; maybe part of the U.S would be inhabitable by now. But Russia can and will do that to defend itself.

Lastly, let no one pray for a war that directly attacks Russia. It's a law in Russia that if they are attacked first, they will use nuclear weapons.
Peace is better than war.

Have a great weekend!

mach7:
Same was said about the USSR. But Hitler in 1941 didn't read the script.

In Military planning, you don't plan based on sentiments, but rather on realities.

The US has always been interested in invading Russia and clearly developed plans for it.

Research:

Operation Unthinkable
Operation Dropshot
Operation Pincher
Operation Broiler
Operation Offtackle

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Foreign Affairs / Re: NATO Calls Russia Its ‘Most Significant and Direct Threat’ by fairheart(m): 2:49am On Jul 03
grin grin grin
Asour:



NATO was not created for Russia.

It was created after the first world war in 1945.
Germany was the Villain here.

Russian became the 'enemy' of NATO & Vice versa due to its government's tendencies.

Note that (technically), the Russian Federation didn't exist until 1991. And former USSR countries (Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia) are members of NATo today.
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 6:50pm On Jun 02
Village people grin
nonye6194:
Transcript
Visa approved 1/06/2022
First attempt
St Louis University, MSc
Full Funding, zero deficit
US Consulate Abuja

I arrived the embassy before 6:30 and waited till we were beckoned by the security for the business of the day. Started with security/documents check and thereafter CGI. At the CGI point the lady sent me back to retake my passport, touts use me shine.

Village people 1 - 0 Me

Got inside and started waiting turns to be interviewed, I noticed there were three windows today conducting interviews; 8 (balded male vo), 9 (female vo) and 10 (younger female vo).

There were alot of white paper issuance I saw today. Green paper too, but minimal.

There was no Korean in sight today so no need to dodge.

Village people 1 - 1 Me


It got to my turn and I went to young lady in window 10 for my interview. Greeted her and gave her my i20 and passport. She started their usual typing and then the following ensued:

Q1 How long have I worked in my current job

A. 1 year and 8 months

Q2 How long have I worked in my previous job

A. 2 years and 1 month

Q3 Do I have a study leave

A. Not yet. This is pending getting my visa approval

Q4 What is my post study plan

A. I intend to return to my current place of work, in a mid level management position. My organization is undergoing a transition phase and this is expected to last 3-5 years during which our operations will expand beyond the western region to a nationwide coverage. This will open up many positions and with my experience and degree, I will be positioned to fill one of these new positions.


Then the magic words came with the white paper.

Village people 1 - 2 Me
(Full time score)

No documents were asked asides passport and i-20. Maintained eye contact all through. Had zero tension, abi anxiety.

*Three weeks ago (yes, three weeks ago) I did not have my i-20, interview date or made any payment for my Visa. applied for EA in Lagos and they bounced me before I switched to Abuja and got a close regular date. I didn't even know my funding will be full till I saw my i-20. And I was expected to be in school before July 5 for start of my summer classes. My DSO was doubtful of my chances cos the timing was too close.

Fast forward to today, I'm checking flights to Midtown St Louis and warming breakfast to serve my employer. Everything happened so fast and I'm yet to process all of these. GOD IS REAL.


Thank you to everyone who responded to questions, contributed and supported others here. Y'all the real MVPs.

It really took a village to make this happen
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 6:49pm On Jun 02
Still useful!

fairheart:
I found this from the list of one of my old posts here and I thought I would share with those of you that are not sure how to get emergency appointment:

HOW TO REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY APPOINTMENT

NOTE: Emergency appointments are mostly approved for students who are requesting within 60 days of their program start date (program start date is on your I-20). So, make sure you you are applying within that 60 days. But if it is beyond that at the moment, relax; don't let others' approval news push you to request before the required period or you may limit your visa lifetime and be forced to pay another visa fee if you didn't get a suitable date later.

To proceed

1, Pay visa fee, SEVIS fee, and at least, start your DS-160 FORM and have the application Number; according to the U.S embassy site, you are encouraged to complete it.

2, Create your CGI profile and fill in the details.

3. Proceed by booking any available date you see, even if the current available appointment date is 2024, book it (Schedule an appointment online for the earliest available date. Please note that you must schedule an appointment before you can request an expedited date. At the time you schedule your appointment, you will see an onscreen message showing the earliest available appointment date, which includes emergency appointments--from the US embassy site).

4, Once you are done, return to your landing page and you will see "Emergency Request." Click that and read the details on the page that loads. Once you are done, Click Here at the bottom of that page.

5, On the Emergency Request page, Fill in your tentative date. Then type your reason for requesting emergency appointment. This is a constructive message explaining that you did not see a suitable date that works for your program start date as stated on the I-20 and so, you need an interview appointment date before your program start date.

6, Since you have paid the fees mentioned in step 1, upload the pdf document in the file section below the box you type your message. Remember, your SEVIS fee payment confirmation, I20. You may attach a third document such as assistantship letter or admission letter, but this is not required.

The embassy usually reply within 3 days.
Read more about Emergency appointment request from the U.S embassy's designated page for it:

https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-niv-emergencyappointment.html

Remember, getting a visa is not just about getting an admission and a date. Put in the effort to prepare for your interview; show confidence, speak up, let the consular feel energy in your voice. You have invested money, time, and other resources to come this far, the interview is the last phase to getting the visa. Give it your best. Do not go to embassy not knowing why you pick your school, your course, and what you want to do with the degree after graduation. If your appearance at the embassy this time is your chance to finally get the visa, please prepare. Let your preparation meets the opportunity!

All the best!

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Religion / Re: Then Vs Now; Deborah's Family From Grass To Grace(pictures) by fairheart(m): 8:12pm On May 25
God bless you!

ebitng:
This is how tithe and offerings money should be spent on humanity and not buying of private jets and building expensive schools which most members can not afford.
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 7:13pm On May 06
Yinkagbo:
Pls, I need help.
My bro, paid my SEVIS fee using USPS money order. It has not been delivered since 25th last month that the money order has been sent.i called USPS,they keep telling me it is in transit and the exact location can not be trace.i tracked the money order using the serial number on it.it says the money order has has not been cashed.pls what can I do.
350usd is not moimoi
My interview date is 23rd of this month
That is a wrong option to use to pay SEVIS.
He should have used Western Union, which can be paid and confirmed within 5 minutes.

Since you use a money order, you will have to relax as it may take weeks for it to be processed. Don't panic; the money order will get to the designated hand and your SEVIS will be marked paid, but you can't control when that happens. Relax

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 7:10pm On May 06
PecAbby:


Hello Fairheart

Thank you for all you do in this forum.

Please I need your advice.
I'm in a dilemma.

So my husband and I booked US Visa appointments.
Note: My husband is F1 with 3 dependents (me and our two kids).
We have full funding.

However we made a mistake of applying for emergency visa outside of our '60days to start date' window and we were denied.
We took this decision because a friend of ours did same and he was approved.

Now our regular appointment is for Feb. 2023.
And the emergency appointment option is no longer displaying in our dashboard.
What should we do ...

Can we cancel the appointment and pay a fresh visa fee...will it guarantee that the emergency window will come back?

Or any other solution we can choose.

Thank you in advance for your kind response

Well, you can cancel and move your appointment location (where you wish to be interviewed) to the second embassy.
Alternatively, people are booking dates on daily basis. At least, someone I know booked yesterday for Abuja.

Do not pay a new visa fee yet as that would be too much. You can still get a standard date without the need to use the emergency option.
One technique I do share in with my students is, to check try times a day. Early morning, afternoon, and midnight. Do these every day between the two embassies. Also, there's still time and I am sure you will get a date. So, relax and don't pay a new fee yet.

All the best

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 7:05pm On May 06
adextems:
Please, what does COA mean?

@Fairheart

Please, how can I reach you one on one Sir?
Cost of Attendance
Send a message if it is personal. I have responded to all the message requests I received.

Thank you!
Foreign Affairs / Re: Germany Finally Approves Heavy Weapons For Ukraine by fairheart(m): 6:54pm On Apr 29
Masterito:
You are just pro Putin with beer palour analysis. You are not realistic.

When a supposedly wise person says others who have been realistic are not, then he must question his wisdom. If you understand international relations and the rules of war, you'd see that the dude you attacked is actually telling things as they are.

Russia never wanted to attack Ukraine; all the countries involved and supplying weapons never really wanted to. Misinterpretation of situations and context each country evaluates the situations bordering the issues that led to this conflict caused it. The reality is, with more weapons in Ukraine, there will be more casualties, more destruction, and more pain.

The guy you insulted was telling the truth: the best solution is peace, which more weapons from Germany are not making possible. Ask yourself what it'd take to make Ukraine a neutral state? Nothing! In fact, analysis shows it is the best thing for Ukraine because being neutral will let it flourish, and have a relationship with the EU, Russia, and the U.S. This will also guarantee its peace. Unfortunately, when great power nations fight, it is the countries in the middle that suffers. That is Ukraine! The more weapon they receive, the more Russia will increase its offensive!

The idea is that Russia is willing to lose, but the loss will not stop it. As more weapon comes in from the West, Russia is also bringing out advanced weapons. It is terrible! Russia is willing to lose, but not Ukraine! That is why more weapon is not good.

If you check Putin's attitude since he became a president, once he said something, he follows through.
You should apologize to that guy; he understands things better than you!

To corroborates what he said, peace is the solution.
Foreign Affairs / Re: UK To Send 120 Armoured Vehicles To Ukraine As Boris Johnson Meets Zelensky by fairheart(m): 1:17am On Apr 10
slowice:
All I know is that this war have exposed Russia's weakness more than ever before.

Aside the size of their military personnel and nuclear capabilities , Russia is just another Nigeria.... Confuse and uncoordinated.

They just exposed their many inadequacies undecided

America Don see dem finish now undecided

You sounded so educated, yet you do not understand geopolitical games. Russia is not weak; I can tell you that Russia is not weak.
What's happening in Ukraine is not a test of capabilities, but sheer decimation -- to make the Ukraine infrastructurally, economically, and financially weak. With this visibly seen, the idea that Ukraine will not join NATO is not fully registered and is being accepted by the whole of the EU.

Secondly, consider that Russia is not a weak state. Russia is the only country that has been able to stop the U.S military agenda in the middle east, with Syria being an example. There is still a government in Syria because Russia's military and bases are there, despite the U.S pushing for the removal of Assad.

Also, the heavy casualty is expected of any army involved in urban warfare as there is a high risk of exposure. Urban warfare is the most difficult, and so a country with the strong army is at risk of losing, and this could be the U.S, or China.

One thing I do see as a major weakness on the part of its military if you understand Russia's military history is the morale of its army. The soldiers are unwilling to fight. When it comes to weapons, Russia is one of the best 3 countries with the most effective military hardware, and that is why they are the second-largest producer of weapons in the world. A country cannot be the second-largest arms supplier if it does not have military prowess. According to some analyses, Russia has the best air defence system in the world and some of the most efficient submarines. And do not forget, the country is also a major leader in space technologies and others.

I want to believe that if the invasion of Ukraine were to be an all-out war, Ukraine's Capital would be in ruin by now. Or do you think they couldn't strike the capital? They can! But this is not an all-out war! Remember their goal is to weaken Ukraine so that it becomes unsuitable for EU membership and force it to abandon NATO membership.

I read here how Nairaland kids compare Russia to Nigeria; while Russia may not be right with its invasion, it does not make it a less country, stooping so low that anyone would compare it to Nigeria or even any country in the EU. The largest country in the world, with 11-time zone or so, one of the 3 largest producers of wheat, oil, and other vital products the world depends. No matter how terrible she is faring in its military activities in Ukraine, Russia is still a nation of global importance and a strategic country. That is why other global players like Germany, China, India, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Qatar, and so on deal with it and continue to deal with it.

Whether Russia wins or loses, its global importance will not vanish. In fact, I suspect that the outcome in Ukraine will make Russia further modernize its army for the next generation of war.

My position is that dialogue is the best method. Weapon never makes peace, but pieces. I hope you learn a little!

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 3:29am On Mar 30
littledarline:
Good Morning Fam!

Please is there any other company offering loan scheme because Mpower didnt list Morgan State University.
thank you.


Is it still possible to get full funded programmes in Education for Fall 2022? If yes, I will be
gratefull if you can avail me of a list of some of them.

Thank you.


The best way to get into a funded program is to remove hastiness. Education programs in the U.S can be sometimes competitive as it is one of the fields Americans are highly interested in. So, your best bet is to apply earlier, have a solid and persuasive SOP that shows your potential as a competitive candidate. The University of Maine offers a full-ride Master's in Education, but I am certain the deadline has passed. Also, Don't wait until people here share schools; get to work and start searching for yourself.

Use Google

Master's in Education in (make a list of top first states you'd like to study) in Maine.
Universities offering Masters in Education in Texas.


You can do this for all 5 states. Note, school searching is perhaps the toughest part, especially if you want funding. But you can do it if you take your time. Also, do you necessarily have to start the program in fall 2022? What is your plan if that is not feasible? Be flexible. Spring and fall 2023 may not be a bad idea too, as you will apply for a priority deadline and that will give you an advantage for funding.

All the best

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Science/Technology / Re: The Elephant That Was Spotted In Oyo Dies In University Of Ibadan Custody (Pics) by fairheart(m): 8:03pm On Mar 28
Andracarles:

Hello @fairheart . I've been trying to send you a PM. I'd like to make a private enquiry please. Is there anyway I can do that? Thank you.

I will check the email and respond.
Science/Technology / Re: The Elephant That Was Spotted In Oyo Dies In University Of Ibadan Custody (Pics) by fairheart(m): 7:29pm On Feb 18
Orubebe01:
Nigeria has failed both man and animal. Any good thing they touched, dies off. What a country
I agree with you absolutely. I almost shed tears reading the story!
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 4:05pm On Jan 23
Chukchukwudi14:
Oga Fairheart:

Please my school is due to resume on the 31st of January, 2022 and I was given a visa appointment for July 29th, 2022. I applied for emergency visa appointment date twice from my portal and it was denied. Please what can I do to be able to get a date before 31st of January.

Here's my email: manueldelflexy@gmail.com
I assume it's Lagos that denied you. So, cancel the appointment and book for Abuja.
Abuja usually approves emergency request.

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 9:13pm On Jan 21
Davido97:

Davidson.ighalo@gmail.com

I have sent the study materials to email addresses in my mention.
All the best!

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 7:08pm On Jan 21
Congratulations! I didn't know you still come here!
I hope your news and testimony spread hope and energy to those who are unsure or have given up.
All the best from now on!

Abacino007:
Visa approved
Location: Abuja

my 9th attempts.

THE SIEGE IS OVER

Firstly, I will like to thank God Almighty for answered prayers. I will also like to thank some few people specifically. Thank you @⁨100kobo for your supports so far. You are part of the story, thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement. I can’t even thank you enough.
@⁨Fairheart ⁩ can testify also, I met Fairheart 2018 and he really tried for me. @Fall2021, thank you for being a source of inspiration to me. Also want to thank everyone here for their contributions. @Rafman12, my brother from another mother, thank you so much.

1st attempt 2017 Lagos (Wichita state University) no funding
2nd attempts 2017 Lagos (Wichita state University) no funding
3rd attempts 2018 Lagos (Wichita State University) no funding
4th attempts 2018 Abuja (Central Michigan University) 50% funding
5th attempts 2018 Abuja (Central Michigan University) 50%funding
6th attempts 2019 Abuja (Central Michigan University) 50% funding
7th attempts 2019 Lagos (Central Michigan University) 50% funding
8th attempts 2021 (Abuja Illinois State University) full tuition waiver with $13,371
9th attempts 2022 Abuja (Illinois state University) same

As usual, I walked into the interview hall with the hope and believe that God will change my story one day.

Vo: good morning
Me : good morning

Me: how are you today
Vo: no reply

Vo: place your fingers for biometric

Vo: I can see you are going to Illinois state University for your master in Quantitative Economics

Me: no, I am going for master in applied economics with concentration in Financial Economics

Vo: okay

Vo: i see you have a GA, who will be paying for the rest

Me: my aunty and I will compliments with my little savings

Vo: what’s your thesis interest

Me: pardon,

Vo then carried a paper and wrote “thesis” then showed me


Me: okay you mean thesis, I will be working with Dr ABC who is a monetary economist at the school, we will be working on a thesis topic : *Nexus between unemployment and inflation* . We will gather data from Nigeria and USA for our analysis. We will be using co integration technique, granger causality test, Ecm etc. We will be using Philip Curve as our literature review.

Vo: where were you working before?

Me: I worked with ABC limited

Vo; a forex company?
Me: yes, we deal with foreign currencies.

Vo: it’s a family business right? (this question made me realize that she was asking me questions based on the answers I have given in this past by this time I realize i need to be consistent)

Me: yes, it is owned my uncle, I worked as an account officer there, I was responsible for their receivables and payables account, and budgeting. Before I left there I was able to recover #77m potential bad debts for the company.

Vo: where do you work now?

Me: I work as a lecturer with ABC where I am responsible for course development, teaching and grading students exams and seminar papers

Vo: what courses do you take

Me; I take micro and macro economics courses

Vo: okay. That’s good

Vo: will you be returning to the institution after your masters

Me: haven gained necessary skill, knowledge, experience and exposure in the course of this study, I will be returning back to my current work place to pick up a role is senior lecturer. I have a study leave approval here with me

Vo: how many siblings do you have

Me: myself, my brother and my sister including my parent.

She typed for a while and reach out to the white paper and said congratulations… who cares about the rest

I am still in shock, God is faithful, never give up on your dreams. I have been on this since 2016 but God did it in 2022. I was divinely favoured all through.. i stammered and stammered but the lady actually was calm with me. I will never be ungrateful to God.

Guys, pls don’t give up on your dreams, my application is another example to us that God will do it at the right time. DON’T GIVE UP

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 2:54am On Nov 30, 2021
Primemark, located about 5 minutes from the embassy.. Google Pridemark Hotel. Tell them Mr. Emmanuel recommends their hotel and you will be given discount. All the best!
mcafeez:
Please.... If you have been to US Consular in Abuja before... Kindly recommend affordable nearby hotels..
Thanks

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 2:52am On Nov 30, 2021
larkson:
VISA DENIED - Abuja 9am 02 Aug 2021

Gurus in the house, I really need your advice and help here.

Course of Study: MBA
School: Suffolk University
Fee: 71k
Funding: 23k Fellowship
Balance: 40kplus
First Resumption / Class Start Date: Sept 07
Next Resumption/ Jan 18 2022

VO: Good morning
Me: Good morning Sir
VO: Fine thank you. Is this your first time of applying for a US VISA?
Me: Yes
VO: What is your program of study?
ME: Master of Business Administration. It's a dual concentration with specialization in general mgt and business analytics
VO: Have you ever travelled out of the country before?
Me: Yes, I went to South Africa in 2014.
VO: What was the purpose of your visit. Vacation?
Me: No, It was an official trip. I was recognized by my former company (Bleep bank) for mitigating fraud and went for an award and recognition ceremony
VO: Fraud, Nice - So what is your current role where you presently work?
ME: I am the Head of Customer Experience
VO: Nice: Customer Experience. So who is sponsoring your education?
Me: My Father
VO: What does he do?
ME: He is a real estate investor. Also, work as a contractor on the ongoing Dangote refinery project and owns properties currently on rental income from banks.
VO: So, what city is Suffolk University?
ME: Boston in boston massachusetts.
VO: What year did you say to travelled out of the country again? He was typing fast and guess looking at my form
ME: In the year 2014.
V0: Brought out the green form. I was really surprised because the interview was quite smooth.


Observations:

On my DS 160, where it was asked if i had travelled before in the last 5years, I said No. During the interview, the VO asked if i have travelled before - He did not mention 5yrs, so i said YES. This question was repeated twice and my response what yes. Travelled to SA and the rest of the story. I think maybe he felt i was lying. Could this be the reason?

I have re-applied and next interview is 08 Dec 2021.

On the D-160, I still maintained "NO" as my response and stated that the VO did not clearly explain the reasons for my first rejection.

What would you suggest I do differently next week to boost my chances. I am praying to God for a divine encounter. Please share your thoughts.

Thank you.

My Background:
Age - 36yrs
work experience : 10yrs
Current role: Head, Customer experience
Marital status: Married
Bsc: Business Admin
Grad: 2.1
year of grad: 2009

The reason for refusal was not your travel experience. I think the VO was looking at your profile...years in the job, and why you are just going for the Master's. I know the angle I am looking at your case may look weird to you, but as "Head" of that position, 10 years in the job, you are mostly at the steep of your career--in that position. Why now? MBA is a degree people get to get to that steep you are currently occupying.

Secondly, you are 36 and your Dad is the sponsor. As "Head" in your current position, the VO probably thought you should have your own money too. That is why I always tell applicants from here that if you have personal funds and you have a sponsor at the same time, state who is sponsoring you and ship in: " I have also saved about $10, 000 over the years and I will use this toward my living expenses."

I was not at the interview with you, but I am not convinced you utilize the time you had to give detailed answer to the VO questions. I would be expecting more answers to his questions. You can reapply, but craft strong answers to the potential questions you'd be asked.

All the best!

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 10:02pm On Oct 16, 2021
damuziefreak:
Dear Fairheart, I have a peculiar case I’ll like to discuss with you. I’ll like to PM you
Alright
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 4:25pm On Oct 13, 2021
OLD POST, YOU MAY FIND IT USEFUL!

fairheart:
DON'T COPY OTHERS' INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.

This can be one of the potential causes of your refusal if you don't take it.
No matter how sweet or good an interview transcript posted here looks, please don't copy it. Create your own proposed interview transcript.
I am receiving information that more Nigerians are applying for the F1 visa than ever before. I guess this is due to the economic woes and population boom. Note that the more applicants there is in the pool, the more selective the approval will be. By this I mean if 200 students apply, the consular will sort through their interviews to approval students they deem credible or say something reasonable and with better profile.

Yes, there's a room for favour and grace of God, but note that you are still required to do your own home work.
I always say this: craft your response according to your academic profile, research interest, course, scholarship and based on your career objectives. Use your own words to create your own answers.

The interview is a pitch to convince the consular. Nothing more. A pitch is a short conversation you have with someone you are communicating an idea/views/answers to. What makes you convince this person and win their approval is your choice of words, how you say it, the tone by which you say it, and based on your profile. You see, it is straightforward.

Do not copy people's transcript or you will be limiting your chances of approval and that of other people doing copycat on this thread. Whatever is personal is always unique, and what is unique will be recognized from the crown of over 200 applicants that troop to the U.S embassies.

Imagine 5 applicants interviewed by the same VO within 2 days saying same line of word, for example, "Aside the fact that..." or "I have had no reason to travel before..." I am sure such VO would find it boring when the 6th applicant say the same thing. But what happened to saying, "More so", "Also", "In addition", "Although I receive...", OR "I have never been outside Nigeria", "I have not travelled outside Nigeria before", "I have been in Nigeria all my life", etc.

I understand that some of you here have never been grilled before, especially talking with a Westerner face-to-face on a visa application you have spent close to 500K or more, and that is why you must understand that you need to be constructive and do it well.

The interview is the most important aspect of the entire application. You may get admission from 100 schools, but if you say rubbish during interview or you let fear paralyse you, it won't matter how many school admitted you.

Take these instructions to heart and use it to work on your answers. To avoid unnecessary message request in my inbox (except for special cases or people who need personal advise), use the questions below to prepare yourself.

CONSULAR: Pass Your Passport and i-20 Please
CONSULAR: Why Are You Going to the US?
CONSULAR: Why the US?
CONSULAR: How Did You Get This School? / How Did You Hear About This School?
CONSULAR: How Many Schools Did You Apply To?
CONSULAR: What Do All These Schools Have in Common?
CONSULAR: Why Did You Choose this School?
CONSULAR: Tell Me About Your Academic Background?
CONSULAR: Why Do You Need this Masters? / What Will this degree do for you? /What is the relationship between this program and what you do at the moment?
CONSULAR: What are those courses you’ll be taking/ Tell me about your program/What is your study plan?
CONSULAR: Did You Write Any Standardized Test?
CONSULAR: Are you married?
CONSULAR: Have You Travelled Before?
CONSULAR: Who Is Paying For This? / Who Is Sponsoring You?
CONSULAR: What Does Your Sponsor Do?
CONSULAR: How Many siblings do you have
CONSULAR: What are your career plans / What is your plan after graduation?


The questions above are for preparatory purposes only. I am not saying the consular will ask you the questions as listed; you may be surprised; you may even be asked what is not on the list. It is case by case. But remember, if you know you will be interviewed, and you know what the interview would be about, you would likely want prepare to convince the interviewer that you are a credible student and that you have done your home work and that your reason for wanting to go to the United States for studies is genuine!

Please tell your truth, always. Be consistent with your answers. Do not nurse fears of what if I am refused, or else, your confidence will be smoldered. You can be refused and that is perfectly okay as there's opportunity for reapplication.

All the best!

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 4:22pm On Oct 13, 2021
I found this from the list of one of my old posts here and I thought I would share with those of you that are not sure how to get emergency appointment:

HOW TO REQUEST FOR EMERGENCY APPOINTMENT

NOTE: Emergency appointments are mostly approved for students who are requesting within 60 days of their program start date (program start date is on your I-20). So, make sure you you are applying within that 60 days. But if it is beyond that at the moment, relax; don't let others' approval news push you to request before the required period or you may limit your visa lifetime and be forced to pay another visa fee if you didn't get a suitable date later.

To proceed

1, Pay visa fee, SEVIS fee, and at least, start your DS-160 FORM and have the application Number; according to the U.S embassy site, you are encouraged to complete it.

2, Create your CGI profile and fill in the details.

3. Proceed by booking any available date you see, even if the current available appointment date is 2024, book it (Schedule an appointment online for the earliest available date. Please note that you must schedule an appointment before you can request an expedited date. At the time you schedule your appointment, you will see an onscreen message showing the earliest available appointment date, which includes emergency appointments--from the US embassy site).

4, Once you are done, return to your landing page and you will see "Emergency Request." Click that and read the details on the page that loads. Once you are done, Click Here at the bottom of that page.

5, On the Emergency Request page, Fill in your tentative date. Then type your reason for requesting emergency appointment. This is a constructive message explaining that you did not see a suitable date that works for your program start date as stated on the I-20 and so, you need an interview appointment date before your program start date.

6, Since you have paid the fees mentioned in step 1, upload the pdf document in the file section below the box you type your message. Remember, your SEVIS fee payment confirmation, I20. You may attach a third document such as assistantship letter or admission letter, but this is not required.

The embassy usually reply within 3 days.
Read more about Emergency appointment request from the U.S embassy's designated page for it:

https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-niv-emergencyappointment.html

Remember, getting a visa is not just about getting an admission and a date. Put in the effort to prepare for your interview; show confidence, speak up, let the consular feel energy in your voice. You have invested money, time, and other resources to come this far, the interview is the last phase to getting the visa. Give it your best. Do not go to embassy not knowing why you pick your school, your course, and what you want to do with the degree after graduation. If your appearance at the embassy this time is your chance to finally get the visa, please prepare. Let your preparation meets the opportunity!

All the best!

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by fairheart(m): 3:54pm On Oct 13, 2021
I am here today, at least for 1 hour.
Whats up?
TosinClement:
@fairheart Please I’d like to have a private discussion with you

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