USA Visa Renewal In Nigeria: Step By Step Guide

Do you know what are the k1 visa income requirements? Do you have an expired USA Visa and probably wondering how to go about your USA visa renewal in Nigeria? Here is a step by step guide to renew your USA visa.

First, you need to know if and when you are eligible for a USA visa renewal. Visa renewal is only applicable to you if you have are reapplying for a visa in the same category as your expired visa. For instance, if you hold an expired H-1 work visa, you cannot renew it for a visit visa. The visa you want to renew has to be in the same category.

Also, you don’t have to renew your visa if you still have a valid visa on an expired passport. You are still allowed to travel to the USA using your visa on your expired passport along with a new, valid passport.

Another eligibility criterion for US visa renewal is that you must be a Nigerian citizen with a Nigerian passport who has been issued a US visa or a long term resident of Nigeria who has been previously issued a valid US visa.

People who are not eligible for USA visa renewal include:

  • People who are applying for a US visa for the first time.
  • People whose visas expired more than 12 months ago.
  • People whose visas were revoked or cancelled.
  • People who wish to apply for visas in a different class than they currently hold.
  • People who need to apply for more than one class of visa at the same time.
  • People with lost or expired passports, carrying valid US visas.
  • People who need to apply for skilled work Visas.

Documents Needed for USA Visa Renewal

You would need the following documents to apply for a USA visa renewal;

  • A Valid Passport: If you have an expired passport containing your expired visa, you have to provide that as well.
  • Duly filled visa renewal application form.

USA Visa Renewal Procedure

The easiest way to do this is through the newly introduced Dropbox USA Visa renewal service. This renewal service allows you to apply for a visa renewal without having to attend an interview. The service is however only available for BI/B2 Visa holders, F, H and L visa holders.

To apply simply;

  • Visit the nearest GTB bank to you and pay the applicable Machine Readable Visa fees for the class of Visa you want to renew.
  • Visit the USA embassy website to fill the DS160 Visa application form and then download and print the application confirmation page. Ensure that you keep your receipt and confirmation page print-out.
  • Visit the CGI visa appointment website for the US mission to Nigeria and click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the top right side of the screen. Answer all the questions and if you qualify, you would be able to print out an application confirmation sheet with details of when to submit your application to the DHL facilities in Lagos or Abuja.
  • Choose your preferred pick-up location for your passport in case you qualify.

Ensure that all the details you provide are correct, including passport numbers, email addresses and telephone and your visa would be returned to your specified location within 7 to 10 business days.

40 thoughts on “USA Visa Renewal In Nigeria: Step By Step Guide”

  1. Please I have an issue I am confused about. I submitted my documents via drop box in February and got a 221g letter to schedule an appointment. When I logged in to check my application status before collecting my passport. I actually saw a date to pick an appointment. But I didnt do it cos I tot I already had the Visa. After collecting my passport, I couldn’t get a date to schedule an appointment. Uptill now updates have come up. I just want to know if I can pay another fee n book an appointment through that. It is getting so close to what I want to go do there. Please help. I have been sending emails but the response has always been I should continue to check my profile.

  2. i am Renewing my family’s visa and i am trying to add them as existing applicant for Group application so that i can proceed to the interview waiver and qualify for the DROP BOX but it won’t allow me add my dependents (spouse and kids). Please help me.

  3. Can I had my passport to my husband passport I don’t have a visa my husband does but it expired so I want to know if it’s possible to add my passport to his own for Dropbox. Thank you

  4. Please my 6 years son visa expired August 2018, can he do Dropbox alone? Kindly note I have scheduled myself for Visa interview before his visa expired. Can I still do Dropbox for him as my own interview is in November(I haven’t renewed mine over 3 years now) but his own just expired and he has done Dropbox before with his dad. Is it possible?


  6. Hi I was filling the CGI document when the prompted me to upload my passport and merge my account to avoid multiplicity. I did and they promise to send me an email when done. But the page is not permoting me to fill the form anymore and no email sent by them.Kindly respond asap. Thanks

  7. Hi I was filling the CGI document when the prompted me to upload my passport and merge my account to avoid multiplicity. I did and they promise to send me an email when done. But the page is not permoting me to fill the form anymore and no email sent by them.

  8. I submitted via Dropbox on 31st January and already have a mail asking me to pickup my docs by 7th Feb. Which is about 5 working days. I’m a bit confused cos my friend said something about 221g. I stay in Enugu and intend to just pick up my passport and travel from Lagos. Pls is there any way I can know my status

  9. Hi,
    I and my mum need to renew our B1/B2 Visas, my dad was the initial sponsor although we paid for our trip but now has issues with my mum. Can we still use his name as the sponsor or we have to change the details to my mums name?

  10. I was granted USA visa two years ago with my children and husband but we couldn’t make it throughout till it got expired but my husband was able to go alone.Can me and my children still apply for the drop box

    • my children and I got visa in2016 and travelled a last year but my husband and my nanny want to travel this year with us, we are renewing our visa this year can they use the drop box with us


    • Ha! If you have finished all this the application dashboard you logged into for dropbox should have listed all out na.
      Hold 5,750 for DHL if not in Lagos or Abuja

  12. Hi,

    Please do i have to re-apply or a drop box for un-used USA visa. i could not travel due to economic recession and high cost of ticket.your quick response will be an asset

  13. Please how do I get three years visa?my wife is an American, lives and work in the state as a senior nurse for the past thirty years and now almost retiring, has a home. Though, we have issues for some time now. She wants me to live with her in the states of whivh I dont and she is not ready to live with me here in nigeria. I have issued American visa almost eight times without been found wanted. We are now trying to make amend. I have equally refused to apply for a green card, right from the time I was living in the states for a simple reason that I never wanted to live in the states. Thank you and remain blessed. Ibro

    • Not possible in Nigeria. APlly for the green card, doesn’t mean you have to live there, just saves you visa application fees.
      I have loads of US citizens in Nigeria, through birth and family sponsorship, that still live here. Just travel whenever they like.

  14. I was just filling D160 now for my visa renewal but when I got present work / educational qualification the thing is no more progressing . Does that indicate that i need not fill the section again

  15. Good day,I got an American visa B1/B2,I later got an appointment in my State,which did not allow me to go for holiday since then and my Visa expired.I want to know if am eligible for drop box

    • Good day, me and my son got am American visa but we could not travel because of the economic recession prevalent in Nigeria in year 2016 which did not allow us travel due to high cost air ticket. The visas had expired.I want to know if we are eligible for drop box. Thank you.

  16. I have an issue to comment on, issue of renewal of US Visa, my wife and daughter submitted an application for renewal of visa on BI/B2 status and the visa was not granted the passport was returned. I wonder why this was so. My wife gave birth to a baby in Texas during her stay in 2015 all the fees charges was paid during and after birth, she was also advised at the port of entry to make sure that all bills charged are paid and have a copy to put together when she want to apply for renewal when the visa expired, unfortunately for her, there is no attachment space for supporting documents to Showa clear evidence that all bills on the baby was made. Pls what can you advise me on the next thing do.

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