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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Visa fees: US Embassy appoints GT Bank

The United States Embassy, Abuja on Wednesday said it had changed its $140 fee collection point in Nigeria for US non-immigrant visas from United Bank of Africa to Guaranty Trust Bank.

The embassy said in a statement that the new arrangement would take effect from March 1, adding that all persons wishing to make new interview appointments for non-immigrant visas would need to pay the fee at a branch of GT Bank.

“However, applicants who have already scheduled appointments for March or April with the US Embassy in Abuja or the US Consulate General in Lagos must pay the $140 visa application fee at a UBA branch no later than February 28, 2011. Visa fee collection services will no longer be available at UBA after February 28, 2011.

“To avoid any confusion or delays on the date of the previously scheduled interview, applicants should make every effort to pay the visa fee at a UBA branch by February 28, 2011. The shift to GT Bank is the result of an ongoing realignment of contracts between the US Department of State and the companies which provide visa appointment services.