We’re not happy denying Nigerians visa —US embassy

The United States Embassy in Nigeria says contrary to popular beliefs , its visa officers are not always happy denying the visa applications of Nigerians.

The embassy subsequently asked Nigerians to tune into a live Facebook talk at 2 pm on Wednesday .

A Facebook post read in part , “ 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. ”

However , over 200 Nigerians disagreed in the comment section of the embassy’ s Facebook page .

Adaobi Emmanuella Njoku wrote , “ Contrary to what you just posted , I think and believe they actually do enjoy it because they act like they know it all and still end up giving visas to people without genuine 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 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 . ”
Menuba Esther Amaka also wrote , “ Why is the application fee non – refundable ? That ’ s what is bordering me. ”

Another Facebook user , Akufai Valentine Jonah , recalled how he was denied a visa despite obtaining a scholarship in 2013 .
He also expressed disapproval with the way the consular officer spoke to him .

Jonah wrote , “ I had a terrible experience in 2013 . I got a scholarship to attend a conference in Denver but was denied a visa . I was not angry because I was denied a visa . I was angry with the manner of the disrespect from the consular officer.
“ 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 and back then I used to work with an NGO and it was clearly stated in my application. I have forgotten the third excuse .

“ I just laughed and left , I know people who are single then and are still single today that have got US visas . I know people who have no job but have got a US visa , I know people who had zero travel records but were granted US visa . Since that episode , I have never ever applied for a US visa because I don’ t have any business there for now . ”
The PUNCH had reported last year how the US denies hundreds of Nigerians visas on a daily basis and how the embassy generates N 57 m from Nigerians.
Following the report , the House of Representatives launched a probe into the matter in late 2018 .

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