12 Jan Press Release: The Nigeria Consulate in New York
New York City, December 21, 2017 —- The Nigeria Consulate in New York has launched a visa processing center to process Nigerian Visas as part of the new Acting Consul General, Hon. Tanko Abubakar Suleiman, initiatives to ease the burden of those who are applying for Nigeria visa. Starting from January 22, 2018, applicants for visas will no longer have contact with the Consulate Office when they apply for their visas.
All applications for Nigerian visas will now be processed by a OIS, a Nigerian London based company. Those applying for visa are invited to visit the company’s website at oisservices.com for more information about visa requirements and to make appointment. Upon the completion of an online application, applicant will be given an appointment date and time. Applicant will be given a one hour window for his or her appointment after which the appointment will be cancelled. The processing of visa application at the center should not be more than 30 minutes. Visa will be available for pick-up within 48hrs from the time the application is processed at the center. Applicant will also receive an alert from the Consulate Office that his or her visa is ready for pick up at the Visa processing center. The fee for this service is $90. According to the General Manager of OIS, Mr. Abdul Momodu, this fee was set by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
It is expected that processing of Nigerian passports will soon follow. Therefore, applications for passport will still be handled at the Consulate Office until further notice. We have been advised to inform the community to apply for their new passport or renewal three months ahead of time. Passport will be available for pick-up between 2 to 4 weeks from the time the application is processed at the Consulate office. For those with emergency situations, and upon verifiable proof of the said emergency, the Consulate will try to accommodate their situations.
OIS can also assist with processing BVN and payment for passport.
As promised, OAN leaders will continue to engage the Consulate on regular basis to provide community feedback and suggest areas of customer service improvement and other developments.
Please feel free to contact the undersigned if you have any suggestions on how to make the Consulate more customer-friendly.
About OAN: Founded over twenty five years ago, the Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians is a New York-based not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of Nigerians in the Diaspora; and has been at the forefront of encouraging Nigerians to make positive contributions in the United States. OAN is also the arrowhead of the Nigeria Independence Day Parade Committee, which is a coalition of Nigerian religious, professional, and socio-cultural organizations that plans the annual Nigeria Independence Day Parade in New York City. OAN also sponsors seminars and symposia on various topical issues, and has received several awards, proclamations, and citations from City, State, and Federal elected officials for its work.
Solomon Bakare, President
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