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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Sharon8: 10:25am On Jul 11

Why on earth will the us embassy seize your passport? Do they have such right?

Yes, the embassy can seize a passport if they find any of the stamps on the passport to be fake.

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Sharon8: 10:01am On Jun 05
Yes, I was.

Also, on the visa application portal, that place where the address for passport pick up is displayed in now has the statement that “Your passport is ready for pickup”.

Okay, mine is showing my passport is ready for pickup as well. Was thinking that I will be sent a specific mail telling me to come and collect my passport. Although, I was sent a mail that my passport is now at the collection center.
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Sharon8: 9:12am On Jun 05

Yes, it is.

Were you sent an email to come and pick it up?
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Sharon8: 8:13am On Jun 05
Good morning!

Please does DHL operate on Saturday? Other sites on google have it that DHL operates on weekends from 9:00am to 2:00pm, but on their google business account, Saturday is closed for business.

Is your passport ready for pickup?
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Sharon8: 8:35pm On Jun 02
What is the best browser for filling ds-160. I'm having a hard time filling it. It keeps on timing out every now and then.

Change your network, use airtel preferably. Use chrome as well

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Sharon8: 8:27pm On May 06
Walspring paid my SEVIS fee in less than an hour. I was indeed satisfied. Contact him if you need a quick and seamless payment of your sevis fee. Thanks again Walspring!

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 16 by Sharon8: 8:13am On May 01
Good morning everyone, please has anyone ever gotten a conditional masters degree admission and the i20 was issued as bachelors degree level pending when the prerequisites are completed. Please if yes, I would like to know how you handled it at the embassy. Thanks.
Travel / Re: My Experience On A Trip To Ghana!.... by Sharon8: 9:49am On Apr 28

I went with airpeace and I booked it 135k, and you have to be with a covid test and yellow fever test!
But my friend booked his 81k but simply because I booked mine 2 days before the day i fly and he booked his a week before ! So the nearer the date you are flying the more expensive your ticket is

And also you have to show a $50 note because you will do another covid test on arrival at the Aiport in Ghana. The $50 will be payed on arrival instantly and you don’t have to pay any $50 for Ecowas stamping!
And for someone going for 14 days you have to do one in Nigeria tho Guys dey run am, then another one on arrival at Ghana Aiport and then another one after your 14 days !
I hope I have answered all your questions.

Hi, please from which website did you book your flight?
Education / Re: DIRECT ENTRY Admission. by Sharon8: 10:38am On Dec 04, 2020
Good day people, please is jamb DE form on sale now?
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 11:15am On Nov 25, 2020
Hey guys.

I cried all night and still crying after being denied yesterday.

I totally tended up and blanked out.

Last night all my responses kept flowing in my head and sounded like I was muttering gibberish.

I feel so hopeless.

It was like someone else possessed my body as all I heard rehearsed flew out of my head.

I sent an email to my program director and her response brought more tears to my eyes.

She said she will keep the admission open all through next year, hoping I can join them.

I am afraid to book another date and go through another heartbreak.

I am hiding in my office toilet as I type still crying.

I feel so sad

I feel your pain dear. It's not easy to go through a visa denial but you just have to forget the past and forge ahead. I guess you must have been very tensed that's probably why you forgot your prepared responses. Try to calm down next time and take deep breaths in quick successions. This will make you relaxed and enable you speak more coherently. Dry your tears and prepare to refire. All the best. Remember that nothing good comes easy.


Travel / Re: All TEF Candidates For Canada Immigration, Let's Meet Here! by Sharon8: 11:11am On Nov 24, 2020
Please I need someone interested in Writing TEF, I will like to enroll at IEF for training, I don't mind if we can enrol together

Hello, I'm interested. Is the training online or in-person?
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 6:27pm On Nov 13, 2020
Appointment was 7am

Me: Goodmorning
VO: why USA
Me: Answered
Me: Answered
VO: what research
Me: Answered But seems she wasn’t impressed, (VO cuts in)
VO: Are you married
Me: Answered
VO: I’m sorry you are not qualified bla bla bla, and she gave me a white paper

As I was going out of the building past the security men, the CGI guy came to call me back
CGI: (running fast) Mr Pjomo Mr Pjomo, the VO is calling you
Me: calling me?. She just denied me. I replied
CGI: yeah she told me to call you back
Me: Look, I’m not here to beg for visa, if US doesn’t grant me, another country will
CGI: we are sorry sir, just obey her call
Me: Okay. (I obliged)

Back to the main building
Same VO: I was only joking with you , I just wanna see your reaction
Me: I thought as much as my answers were amazing and I spoke audibly
VO: (utter the sweet words) I will be approving your visa. Pick it up on bla bla and proceed to pay the reciprocity fee.

It can only be God. Thanks to fairheart, julsbaby, slimmy2005, lagosismyhome, imperiouxxx., walspring, justwise, holuwadarey ftos. You guys are the best! I owe you alot

Wow..this is a testimony. Congratulations

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 3:30pm On Nov 08, 2020
Good day people, please is there anyone here whose appointment is on the 13th of November who has not been able to make the emergency request on the CGI account as instructed by the embassy?
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 11:45am On Nov 07, 2020


I am the daughter ohh!

Good morning, everyone. Thanks for the transcripts, advice, and encouragement here. You were extremely helpful. God bless you all.

I think I got there at some minutes to 6. There was a crowd already. I had to register my bag for N2,000. Then, I learned that I was not with the correct copy of one payment receipt (the one paid to GT). They said that I needed something with a CGI logo.

A guy there showed me a sample of the correct document. Then, he said it would cost N10,000 to log in and print it. I didn't know when I told him he was wicked. Lol!

After bantering small, I started speaking pidgin/Igbo. I told them not to look at my clothes or smell my perfume, that I'm from the streets, and we're all here to hustle. All na packaging. Lol.

We later agreed on N4,000 for printing that paper and photocopying my passport data page. Photocopying costs N1000. If I hadn't argued, I would have paid N11,000 to print a sheet and photocopy a page.

I only agreed because I knew time was far spent. If you have time to argue or you don't have cash, please tell them you don't have the money. They'll drop the price.

Please, everyone going should ensure they're with the correct documents. The guys there are seriously looking for how to extort money from us. Someone behind me on the line said she paid N10,000 to print something.

After paying the N4,000, I ran to the line. My interview was for 8 a.m, and they'd already called that set when I was sweating/haggling over the price of printing. I lined up. It wasn't time yet, but they usually check documents first.

We stayed on that line for about three hours. No seats. Please wear comfortable clothes so you won't suffer more discomfort. Also, dress decently (like, nicely).

Your documents will be checked on the line. Carry your reciprocity fee, or you'll have to start looking for that.

At some minutes to/past ten, five of us entered the building. (We'd been entering in groups of five.)

We kept standing inside. We submitted the GT payments to someone, then joined the line for the interviews.

There was this terrorist at one window. He kept grilling people, and when he got to one boy that said he's studying Creative Writing or English (I'm not sure which), the boy was there for a while. I come dey sweat because I'm also going in for Creative Writing. He was grilling STEM-inclined people, and now, an art-based person was almost sleeping at his window. Jump and pass, na my prayer.

I started praying specifically to be sent to a friendly VO on the left (Window 10, I think). He occasionally asked people to stop sounding like robots, but from his demeanor, I could see that he was nice. Plus, people spent less time at his window.

Please try not to recite what you read online word-for-word. It shows when you're repeating it. Just pick valid points and mention them. Be confident.

Someone said you should smile (even behind your mask). I agree. A smile in your voice shows you're not intimidated.

When I got to the front, I saw that I'd either go to Mr. Terrorist or Mr. Nice Guy. They were delivering finishing speeches to the candidates in front of them. I prayed harder for the person in front of Nice Guy to pack his things and walk fast. Immediately he did that, I raced to Nice Guy. Two seconds more from the applicant, and it would have been too late.


V.O: Good morning (smile).

ME: Good morning.

V.O: Please, pass your papers.

ME: (Passes papers.)

V.O: What school will you be attending?

ME: I'll be going to Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

V.O: (Laughs.) Not to be mistaken for University of Miami, Florida.

ME: Yes (laughs).

V.O: So, I see you're going to study Creative Writing. Why Creative Writing?

ME: Well, I'm an editor, so I understand the power of language and how stories can be a powerful tool for sharing information about and addressing issues in the society. (It was basically something like this I said).

V.O: So, you're an editor. Freelance?

ME: No. I co-founded an editing company with my mother.

V.O: What kind of editing?

ME: Fiction and creative non-fiction.

V.O: Have you published a book?

ME: (Laughs). Not yet, but I have stories and poems in literary journals.

V.O: (Smiles). Well, that has to change soon. (Taps on my 1-20, and I believe it's because he knows my final year project is going to be a book).

V.O: (Tikka Tikka Tikka on keyboard.) Are you married?

ME: No.

V.O: Do you have kids?

ME: No.

V.O: Have you ever traveled out of Nigeria?

ME: Yes, to Denmark.

V.O: (Surprised look). Denmark? That's an odd place to go. Why did you go there?

ME: Well, I gained admission into the Erasmus Mundus Journalism program. I did not get the scholarship, but since it was a subsidized program, I joined. In my second year, I was supposed to go to Swansea but could not make it due to financial issues. (NOTE: Some Erasmus programs let students school in different countries. Depending on your course, you can school in 2 to 4 universities before you're done. One school per academic year or one per semester. Something like that.)

V.O: (Nods like he could feel my pain). But I see you have a full scholarship now. (Happy smile on my behalf).

ME: (Happy smile back) Yes, I do!

V.O: Well, I'll be approving your Visa. (Story story story.) Miami University, huhn? It's a great school!

ME: I know, right! And it's public Ivy, too. (I laughed and said that because the school is on a list of public Ivy League schools. The guy slipped my passport and the yellow slip back to me. Told me to have a nice stay. I told him to enjoy the rest of his day, smiled, and ran to the reciprocity place.)


That's all.

The interview lasted about a minute. I was worried he'd ask complicated questions, but nothing like that. Seeing as they were grilling people doing super-complicated courses, the chit-chat for mine was just a miracle.


Lessons learned:

1. Carry extra cash. You never know the stuff you'd need it for.

2. Calm down. Confidence helps anywhere. Overthink it, but don't overthink it. I hope that makes sense. Overthinking will make you tense, but you still need to realize how important this is.

3. Know why you're going to study the course. Me, I just need a space to chill and write in peace while chopping life, but I gave a valid reason for why I'm going. And what I said about why I'm going down the writing path is true. smiley

These guys have interviewed people long enough to know lying patterns and stuff. Plus, when you deal with humans, you'd learn to watch their faces and decipher speech patterns.

That's all, guys. I wish everyone going the best. Please stay safe. Also, let's just say they're happily giving out visas. Stay optimistic.

God bless you, and good luck!

(Forgive any grammatical and punctuation errors in the text. Don't use this to judge my editing skills ohh. Lol.) grin

Congratulations dear. I really enjoyed reading your transcript.


Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 12:09pm On Nov 06, 2020

Were you given an expedited appointment before?

No but I've previously requested for an emergency appointment.
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 10:55am On Nov 06, 2020

Then use the link provided in the email sent to you.

I tried that as well, it didn't work. The emergency request option is not showing at all.
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 10:24am On Nov 06, 2020
Good News!!!! My daughter just called to say, "Visa Approved." She'll later find a way to post her transcript.
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Creative Writing. She said it was a friendly chat and is wondering whether it'll sound like a 'normal' transcript.
God bless all of you for answering my numerous questions! Good luck to everyone.

Wow.. Congratulations to her

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 10:24am On Nov 06, 2020
Visa Approved today at Lagos Consulate. Thanks to everyone on this platform. This is the best thread on Nairaland!!!

Window 13 (Not sure), Walter Carrington.

Interview date: 6th November, 2020. Time was 7am got there around 6am and met a queue on ground already

Me: Good morning Sir

VO: Pass me your documents

VO: What are going to do in the US

Me: I'm going for my graduate study at the University of Kentucky.

VO: Why University of Kentucky?

Me: Asides the fact that I was granted a fully funded admission scholarship, the graduate admissions Committee also chose me to receive a highly competitive supplemental funding in recognition of past academic achievements

VO: What was your undergraduate study major?

Me: Chemistry

VO: Which University?

Me: University of Lagos.

VO: What is Entropy?

Me: It's the state of disorderliness of a system.

VO: Why is it important?

Me: It shows how spontaneous a particular reaction can be.

I intend approving your visa, take this white paper and go pay your reciprocity fee in Window 22.

VO: Do you like Basketball?

Me: Yes (With a big smile because I knew it'll come up as UKY has the most successful college Basketball team in the US).

VO: You'll enjoy University of Kentucky.

Special thanks to Mr Fairheart (you're super amazing), Dre (best human ever), Mr Damola of UKy, Abeeb (Grad School hustle partner), all my UKY connects (Oge, Tosin, Great, Kenny, Michael, Kenny, Mr Austin and Prof Victor).

ADVICE: Just be as confident as you can be and respond to all questions as brief and comprehensive as possible. Also SMILE!

Congratulations dear. Success in your career.

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 1:49pm On Nov 05, 2020
No I wasnt

The date is not active

And that's my dilemma now.

Were you?

No, I wasn't. The date is not active yet. What should we do?
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 1:41pm On Nov 05, 2020
Hi guys


My appointment date is Nov13

Who else got this mail?

I did as well. My appointment is for the same date. Were you able to see the date on the CGI website?
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 9:03pm On Oct 30, 2020
This is the best I can remember. The guy was just design to drill me. I learnt he drilled the next person too.

ME: Good morning (I didnt use sir because they said American dont like sir)
VO: Good morning sir
ME: Good morning sir
VO: Your passport please
ME: Only passport or everything
VO: Bring everything in it.
(Did all the necessities)
VO: Why are you going to USA
ME: I’m going to USA to pursue my doctorate degree in Engineering with concentration in Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
VO: Chemical Engineering?
ME: Yes
VO: What specialisation in Chemical Engineering
ME: (inside me which kind question this one wan start) Membrane Separations
VO: How do you do research in membrane separations
ME: (the question threw me off but I tried to remain balance) well I will be researching on synthetic membrane-based separation (VO cuts in)
VO: No. I mean how do you do it. Is it like chemistry like organic chemistry
ME: No. Actually, membranes are polymer substances that we use in separation process. We use it in biofuel production, water treatment and also in pharmaceutical industry.
VO: Why this school
ME: Coupled with full funding that I was offered that covers my entire cost of attendance, I chose university of Arkansas because it is one of the best universities in membrane separations. Also, there is MAST center that is dedicated for research on membrane separations and university of Arkansas has one of them.
VO: Who will you be working with?
ME: I will be working with prof. ABC (I never even get prof)
VO: How many other universities did you apply to
ME: 5
VO: name them
ME: Montana State University, Bozeman, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Cleveland State University, Michigan Technological University and University of Utah.
VO: Which School did you finish from?
ME: told him
VO: Do you have master
ME: I dont have master, I only have a bachelors degree but because of my desire to become an expert in my field, I apply for PhD in all my applications.
VO: The membrane separations, is it used for biological substances.
ME: Like I said earlier, it is used not for only biological products. It is used in biofuel production and where I work now, we use it for water treatment.
VO: I can see you have been to India before. Why did you travel to India?
ME: For job training at ABC and XYZ
VO: Have you travelled to anywhere after that
ME: No
VO: When was the last time you travel to India
ME: December 2018
VO: Like 2 years ago
ME: Yes
VO: Are you married
ME: No
VO: Kid
ME: no
VO: Sorry (my mind cut but I chose to remain composed). I intend to approve you visa. Take this I20 with you and take this white paper. It will explain how you will take your passport. And pay your reciprocity fee at window 22.
ME: Thank you and later thanks.

What a drill! A big Congratulations, you did well.
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 10:21am On Oct 30, 2020
Hi guys. My I-20 shows program start and end dates to be January 2021 to December 2025 (PhD). That’s roughly 4 years. On my DS-160, can I fill in ‘4 years’ as my intended length of stay in US please?
Thank you

Your intended length of stay is the length of your program as stated on your I-20.

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 9:46am On Oct 30, 2020
Visa approved this morning at Lagos consulate. Thanks all especially @GracedG and . Transcript later

Congratulations to you. Waiting for your transcript

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 9:46am On Oct 30, 2020
My F1 and F2 Visa approved today. Will be back for transcript

Congratulations dear
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 8:50am On Oct 27, 2020
Please what documents should I take along with me while going to make my payment at gt bank

A photocopy of your international passport and the money of course.
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 9:34pm On Oct 26, 2020

Hello Sharon,

Please can I call you?
I really need to make my sevis payment but it seems not to go through. The column for the city isn't giving me lagos. Though I'm thinking it's school address but they didn't specify.

Could you please drop your number so I can call you?

Thank you.

You cannot make SEVIS payment within Nigeria. I guess that's why you didn't see Lagos as one of the city options. Contact Walspring to help you with that.
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 2:39pm On Oct 26, 2020
Hi guys, pls my appointment was cancelled last week and I haven’t gotten a new date yet. Any one in my shoes? And what’s the way forward?

Let's just be calm, I believe they want to know the situation of things before issuing out appointment dates again. Hopefully, before this week ends, everyone would have gotten their new appointment dates.

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 10:15am On Oct 26, 2020
Having my interview tomorrow. Abj, undergrad. Wish me good luck.

Success in your interview.
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 8:22am On Oct 25, 2020

Good morning Sharon 8.

Please assist with the payment of my SEVIS FEE.

What do I input in the form type because I'm seeing I 20 or DS 190?

Thank you.

Select 1-20 if it's for F1 visa

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Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 5:46am On Oct 25, 2020
Does anyone have an interview tomorrow 26th at the Lagos embassy?

I was supposed to have but it was canceled. Does your own appointment still stand?
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 9:52pm On Oct 22, 2020

MTN....In fact, I connected my data to a laptop- same thing! Keeps repeating itself.

MTN doesn't work so well with filling that form. I'd suggest you switch to airtel network if you have one.
Travel / Re: General USA Student Visa Enquiries-part 15 by Sharon8: 9:21pm On Oct 22, 2020

Anytime I try choosing interview location and type the rechaptcha, it keeps bouncing back to asking me to choose interview location again

Ensure you are using a computer. What network do you use?

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