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Attention Student Visa Applicants in Nigeria

The Department of State and the U.S. Mission to Nigeria remain committed to facilitating the travel of students to study at American academic institutions.  To ensure that every qualified student visa applicant is able to begin or return to his/her program of study on time, the Mission has taken a number of steps to expedite and improve the student visa application process:

  • Expedited visa appointments
  • Reserved visa appointment slots for students

Expedited Student Visa Appointments

To get a student (“F” visa) or exchange visitor (“J” visa) visa appointment:

  • Pay the visa application fee at a designated branch of UBA plc, and go on-line to to schedule an appointment and pay the VFS visa appointment fee.  Make an appointment for the earliest available date.
  • If your scheduled appointment is later than your planned arrival and you have not been refused a visa in the last six months, please request an expedited visa appointment when you schedule your slot.  We cannot expedite your appointment if you have not already made an appointment and paid the VFS appointment fee.

What do I Bring to my Appointment?

The State Department website at provides a complete list of documentary requirements for student visas.

Apply Early!

Demand for student visa appointments is especially heavy during the end-of-year holiday season.  The earlier you apply, the more likely we will be able to give you an appointment date that suits your needs.  You may apply as soon as you have your required forms and payments in hand. 

Further Questions

For further questions about the student visa application process, please contact us at or

Please Note

The U.S. Mission in Nigeria provides these services for the benefit of Nigerian students who plan to begin or continue studies in the United States.  Visa applicants other than students who attempt to use these services inappropriately will be turned away and will not be issued a visa.