The US Embassy, Abuja
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Consular Officers Do Not Enjoy Refusing Anyone A Visa - US Embassy     

“We don’t enjoy denying Nigerians visas,” US embassy tells    

Funsho Akinwale

US Embassy in Nigeria, on Monday, said they are not happy refusing anyone a US visa following the outcry of the many applicants over incessant denials of visa.

To correct the notion and further rubs minds with several aggrieved applicants, the embassy has announced a live Facebook talk on the issue, which is scheduled to hold on Wednesday, April 18, 2019.

The Embassy on Facebook post said: “Contrary to popular opinion, visa officers do not enjoy handing anyone the 214b refusal letter.

“Proof: Visa Officers will be live on Facebook to talk about some of the commonly misunderstood questions on the DS 160 and help you improve your next application,” the US Embassy said.

However, a few hours after the statement hit social media, several affected Nigerians in their hundreds have commented and disagreed with the embassy, saying that they would be available tomorrow to ask questions on the Facebook live talk concerning the issue.

An applicant, identified as Adaobi Emmanuella Njoku, who had experienced visa refusal on several occasions, said that consular officers refuse at will, and at times, issue visas to people without intentions.

“I can’t wait for Wednesday to come because I have already prepared my questions.

“They will explain to me how it is possible to deny a person a visa three times with three different reasons at different times when the form was filled exactly the same and for the same purpose: for a medical trip to help save one’s child.

“I can’t wait for Wednesday,” Njoku said.

Another applicant, Akufai Valentine Jonah, while reacting to the Facebook massage, narrated his experience at the US Embassy on how he was refused a visa despite obtaining a scholarship in 2013 to study in the country.

“I had a terrible experience in 2013.

“I got a scholarship to attend a conference in Denver but I was denied a visa .

“I was not angry because I was denied visa. I was angry with the disrespectful manner the consular officer spoke to me.

“Imagine giving one that refusal letter and you are told ‘off you go’ without any tangible explanation.

“After reading the letter, it states that I don’t have strong ties to my country either through being married, neither do I have a job.

“Back then I worked with an NGO and it was clearly stated in my application form. I have forgotten the third excuse,” Akufai stated.

Recall In the last few years the US Visa has been difficult to secure for Nigerians, owing to the fact that most applicants don’t return to their home country after visiting God’s own country.

Many have abused the opportunity by overstaying their visa with high hopes of getting either resident permit or permanent residence. This is the reason the embassy became strict in the issuance of visas to Nigerians.

The matter became unbearable for many in 2018 before the Federal House of Representatives launched a probe into the matter.

They further summoned the officials of the embassy, asking why Nigerians are being denied the visa in spite of generating N57 million naira from the applicants.

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