FG Reacts over Suspension of Dropbox by US Embassy

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FG Reacts over Suspension of Dropbox by US Embassy
Hope rises as the Federal Government has engaged the U.S. government to make the issue of visa issuance less difficult for genuine Nigerian visitors to America. The United States Mission to Nigeria had recently suspended indefinitely interview waivers for renewals, also known as the “Dropbox” process, saying visa applications will no longer be accepted by courier company, DHL in Nigeria.
Meantime, “Those who have already submitted their passports via Dropbox to DHL for processing either at the US Embassy in Abuja, or the Consulate General in Lagos, will not be impacted by this change,’’ a press statement by the Embassy Press Office had said.
“Applicants must appear at the location they specified when applying for the visa renewal. Processing of diplomatic and official (A, G, and NATO class) visa applications will continue unchanged.
‘’Mission Nigeria’s processing procedures are regularly reviewed in order to assess our ability to quickly, efficiently, and securely process visa applications,’’ the statement explained.
The statement further added that the US Mission is taking this step to provide more efficient customer service and promote legitimate travel, and will continue to facilitate applications of established travellers to the best of its ability.
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday said the Federal Government has engaged the U.S. government to make the issue of visa issuance less difficult for genuine Nigerian visitors to America.
Onyeama said this on Tuesday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen on the negative impact the issue of visa overstay had on Nigerians travelling to the US. The minister expressed concern that one of the consequences of the visa overstay was the recent suspension of Dropbox’ for visa renewal for Nigerians. The minister said most of the unfavourable migrant decisions taken by some countries were triggered by the negative perceptions about few Nigerians who do not obey the rules of those countries. “The issue of migration is a challenge and such a sensitive topic because the U.S. has just suspended theDropbox for visas renewals.
“And a lot of it is that they released statistics to show that 10 per cent of people who overstayed their visas globally are Nigerians. “Those who do not obey the rule of other countries’ have more negative impact on those who obeyed,” the minister said.
He said there had been those who were denied visas not because they were not qualified but because of perception created by those who disobeyed the rules.
“The issue of those who overstayed their visas is a real issue. We have engaged with the U.S government over it. “We are just trying to work through them and they are looking at various alternative and solutions and to make less difficult for the genuine visitors and the like.
“Things like you have to have guarantor or surety and the like, all those things are what they are trying to apply to really address this issue,” NAN quoted him as saying.
Onyeama added that the ministry was doing what it could to ensure that the issue of the recent suspension of dropbox for visas renewal do not affect genuine visitors to the U.S.
“We are doing what we can; they (U.S. Embassy) told me that notwithstanding the suspension of drop box mechanism that there would be expedited interview for certain people. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday said the Federal Government has engaged the U.S. government to make the issue of visa issuance less difficult for genuine Nigerian visitors to America.
Onyeama said this on Tuesday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen on the negative impact the issue of visa overstay had on travelers to the USA from Nigeria. The minister expressed concern that one of the consequences of the visa overstay was the recent suspension of Dropbox’ for visa renewal for Nigerians. The minister said that most of the unfavourable migrant decisions taken by some countries were triggered by the negative perceptions about few Nigerians who do not obey the rules of those countries. “The issue of migration is a challenge and such a sensitive topic because the U.S. has just suspended theDropbox for visas renewals.
“And a lot of it is that they released statistics to show that 10 per cent of people who overstayed their visas globally are Nigerians.
“Those who do not obey the rule of other countries’ have more negative impact on those who obeyed,” the minister said.
He said that there had been those who were denied visas not because they were not qualified but because of perception created by those who disobeyed the rules.
“The issue of those who overstayed their visas is a real issue. We have engaged with the U.S government over it.
Onyeama said the ministry “We are doing what we can but the U.S. Embassy said that despite the suspension of the drop box mechanism that there would be expedite interview for certain people. Things like you have to have a guarantor or surety and the like, all those things are what they are trying to apply to really address the issue.

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