#2Reasons: Why Nigerians get their visa applications denied – US Consulate

by Isi Esene

The United States Consulate on Tuesday said the reason many visa applicants get their applications rejected is because they are yet to visit other countries.

The vice-consul, US Consulate, Christopher Richardson said this while speaking at a program tagged, ‘American Visa Regime: the role of lawyers’ organised by the Immigration Lawyers Forum (ILF) in Lagos.

“The majority of the visa applicants prefer the US as their first outing. This creates doubt, especially when the applicant has not visited any other countries before,” he said.

Richardson also said applicants were also rejected visas because of the kind of answers they give to test questions during interviews.

He reportedly said, “When a question, such as ‘do you have a relation in the US?’ Most often, they are quick to say ‘yes’, which of course, is in order.

“Such an answer creates doubt that since the person has a relation, there is every tendency that the person may not want to come back. So visas can be rejected on that ground.”

Titus Ajijola, the ILAF chairman said the seminar was designed to enhance the protection of migrant rights.

“Key strategies of the project are awareness raising, knowledge and skills improvement on the rules, as well as rights and obligations of migrants to encourage respect for the rights of migrants,” he said.

He said ILAF was designed to educate the general public on immigration matters.

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Comments (4)

  1. The issue is not wether to lie about having a relation over there, I think on my opinion if a money back guarantee is in place, all this propaganda of relations/and not travelling to other countries won't arise!

    So what if I want to make my first visit to the US? The last time I checked, we all still have freedom of choices……

    They should come up with something better…

  2. I believe d seminar was done to encourage nigerians to come for visas application but I don't think it will help because nigerian now know they do not need to go to america for either business or pleasure soon d american embassy will lose money because it better to travel to other countries in europe and asia.

  3. Are they saying we should lie even if we have a family in the US and what are the key basis of been granted US VISA?

  4. Do as a fact have a relation in the US, should tell a lie? What happens if/when the advised lie is detected?

cool good eh love2 cute confused notgood numb disgusting fail