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Nigeria begins Biometric Visa Processing in New York

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The Nigerian Consulate in New York has said that applicants for the Nigeria visa can now get it in 48 hours with the introduction of the issuance of the biometric visa.

The acting Consul-General, Tanko Suleiman, who disclosed this at the commencement of the biometric visa processing in New York, said the new process had simplified the issuance of Nigerian visa.

Tanko said with the commencement of the biometric visa issuance, no applicant should spend more than 25 minutes to complete his or her enrollment.

The Federal Government had on Monday commenced the biometric visa issuance, becoming the first country in Africa to do so.

The Nigerian envoy said the Federal Government has appointed Online Integrated Solutions Limited (OIS) as the company to handle the biometric visa project.

Suleiman appealed to applicants in the U.S. to be courteous and orderly as the new system would finally address any frustrations in obtaining the Nigerian visa.

“If you are given an appointment for 1 p.m., your appointment will last for only one hour maximum for that day; you can cancel the appointment if you know you can’t make it.

“However, if you come here an hour after, your appointment is completely cancelled. Therefore, you have to reapply because you are not the only applicant, there are other people.

“So once you cannot come within that one hour, you will have to apply for another time,” Suleiman explained.

The Managing Director of OIS, Abdul Momodu, said with the biometric system, there would be fairness in the visa application process as every applicant will be approved on a case management system.

“That case management system can be reviewed in 10 years and it would be tied to the individual application as many times as he applies in the future.

“This further puts integrity into the system of applying for the Nigerian visa.

“There were two things that we put into play when we were developing this solution.”

According to him, one of the advantages of the new system is to simplify the visa application process and make it less cumbersome.

“First of all we want to keep people informed from their point of application to the point of collection.

“This is so that at every point in time, they are informed through emails and text messages of the status of their application.

“So once the application leaves our office to the Consulate, the applicant would receive a text message and email.

“Then once  decision is made on the application, he or she will receive a notification and once it is back in our office and ready for collection, there will also be a notification.

“Be that as it may, we still have a tracking system on our website, in case for any reason, you have no access to your email.

“In this case, you can go on our website, put your passport number and your reference number and it will also be able to tell you the status of your application,” he said.

See photos from the commencement below:

Mr Tanko Suleiman, Nigeria’s Acting Consul-General in New York stressing a point to Nigerians living in U.S. and some Consulate officials at the commencement of the biometric visa in New York

Senior officials of the Nigerian Consulate and the Managing Director of Online Integrated Solutions Limited, Abdul Momodu (2nd left) at the inauguration of the biometric visa in New York

Some Nigerians at the flag-off keenly watching the biometric visa application process at New York

A Nigerian visa applicant going through the biometric process

L-R: Acting Consul-General of Nigeria in New York Tanko Suleiman listening to Mr Abdul Momodu, Managing Director, Online Integrated Solutions Limited (OIS) at the commencement of biometric visa in New York. With them is Mr Nicholas Ella, Minister/Head Economic at the Consulate

8 Comments

  1. O_o

    December 20, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Lol… Same office where “server was down” last week.

    • dammyb

      December 20, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      same happened in dc, according to employees, “system is down,” amidst grumblings of 3 months unpaid salaries.

  2. Dede

    December 20, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    This is nothing to celebrate. Applicants from 5 years to 65 have to appear in person at the OIS office to obtain a visa. The OIS offices are not located in all the states. For instance, a family of four will have to fly to these locations, DC, NY , CA or wherever just to get a visa . We also have to pray there is no flight delay because you are screwed if you miss your appointment time.

    • Ajala & Foodie

      December 20, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      I know we have issues in Nigeria but do we really expect them to open offices in every state in the US? Does the US or UK embassy have offices in every state in Nigeria? Don’t you have to travel from other states to make your appointment when given one? Like I said we have issues that need to be addressed but not the ones you mentioned. We would never demand this of foreign embassies in our country. In fact, give people 2pm appointment at US embassy 6am they are there, even if they are coming from Zamfara or Ekiti, but become unrealistic with our complaints with our own. Yes, our government personnel have issues but not only are they a reflection of us but fighting the wrong battles is what as plagued our Senate in recent times and this your POV is one of them wrong battles situation.
      Even “in the abroad” consulate services for other countries are not available in every State. Which country has money for that kain thing?

    • Sugamama

      December 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      This actually for Ajala & Foodie. The request isn’t to have a consulate in every state, but keep in mind that 1. America is huuggeee and 2. Nigerians are everywhere in America. So someone who lives in LA will have to go all the way to the east coast to renew their passport. That’s about a 4 hour flight to get to ATL. and then pay for hotel if you don’t know someone there.
      We should have a presence in cities like Houston, Chicago and LA at least.

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  3. Ajala & Foodie

    December 20, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    While this is an ok development for security purposes. I still look forward to the day when we can just mail all that stuff in. Get biometrics from the US government and mail the paper work in. Less stress and security is still in place.

    • Comment

      December 21, 2017 at 7:08 am

      Thank you sugamama for that response….there should also be a drop box option

  4. Olu

    December 22, 2017 at 1:55 am

    The Embassy requires the applicant of the Visa to pay for the application fee online with their debit/credit card. Please someone tell me how a child/minor can accomplish this? When you ask them on the phone, they offer no real solution. There are some common sense things here that needs to be sorted out.
    Accurate Biometrics can be used to obtain fingerprints and background information. Once in their database, the information can be obtained by the embassy without the applicant needing to travel out of state. Accurate Biometrics is an about every state in the US. the cost of fingerprinting is the responsibility of the applicant anyway.
    I currently reside in Chicago, this would be the breakdown of cost – the flight will be about $200+ to travel to DC/ATL, $180 for the Visa, $95 for fingerprinting, $50+ for transport from airport to IOS location and back to airport, at some point i will need to eat $10 (min), $25 for the embassy to mail me back my passport, $80 if Visa needs to be expedited, now add the salary i lost for not working that day in order to get this done. Easily over $500 that someone could have spent right back into the Nigerian economy.
    There is much room for improvement.

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