USA Visa Renewal In Nigeria: Step By Step Guide

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.

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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.

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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.

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  1. Nkechi

    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

  2. johnson

    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?

  3. Bukky

    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

    1. Bukky

      I and my family were issued USA visa in 2015 B1/B2 but in 2016 I and my husband divorced,and now the visa has expired can I and my children apply for dropbox

  4. KIKE


    1. Proudly_South South

      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

  5. Adebayo Taiwo


    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

    1. Proudly_South South

      Apply if you meet the eligibility criteria as listed. Then hope not to be called for an interview.

  6. Ibro

    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

    1. Proudly_South South

      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.

  7. Videhun

    very helpful. thanks

  8. Aeez nasir

    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

    1. Proudly_South South

      Na network. Save, close and try again later.

  9. Lawrence Amabuo

    How much is the processing fee for bi/b2 visa in Nigeria

  10. omole

    Hello i obtained a B1-B2 and a C1D Visa twice am i eligible for a drop box with the same categories of visa

    1. chidinma lucy

      Please how do i renew for my B1/B2 USA visa please i will be grateful for the information for the process . Thank you Mrs sam

    2. Proudly_South South

      Check the criteria listed above na. Do some work yourself.


    less i forgot, my visa type is B1/B2 status.

    Thank you.


    please i will be grateful if your furnish me with useful information for the processes/guides for RENEWAL of my expired US visa.
    thank you.

    1. Proudly_South South

      Google is your friend o.
      Google the US embassy website and follow instructions.

  13. Folami

    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.

      1. Ujunwa

        You are eligible for drop box as long as the expiration hasn’t exceeded 12 months.

    2. Proudly_South South

      The list of those who do not qualify up there is clear na, it did not state “Those who did not use their visa to travel”.
      *rolls eyes*

  14. Temitope

    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.

    1. Proudly_South South

      Apply for an interview

  15. Josh

    Thanks… this was helpful.

  16. Hi, thanks for the very useful information.

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