Nigerians react after US Embassy tweets, ‘consular officers do not enjoy refusing visa to anyone’

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The United States Embassy in Nigeria has reacted to the outcry over the rate at which applicants are being denied visa in the country.  

In separate posts on its Twitter and Facebook handles on Monday, the embassy explained that it consular officers do not gain anything by denying those seeking to travel to the US visa.  

It, however, appealed to Nigerians to join its visa officers live on Facebook on Wednesday to know why they were denied visa as a result of “commonly misunderstood questions” in the course of their applications.

The Twitter post read, “Contrary to popular opinion, Consular Officers do not enjoy refusing anyone a visa. Proof: Join us on Facebook for demonstrations on how to complete the DS 160 correctly.  April 17 | 2:00pm #AskTheConsul.”  

The explanation by the embassy has however triggered various reactions from visa applicants as most of them criticised the embassy and narrated their experiences when they went for an interview.

Maxine- Agbonifo@OpemiimaxineReplying to @USEmbassyAbuja

Visa fee should be refundable at least 50% after rejection…142:49 PM – Apr 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Maxine- Agbonifo’s other Tweets

EBONY@ebony400Replying to @USEmbassyAbuja

Dear Sir/Ma, I successfully completed the DS160 form. Was invited by UN in New York. I have a good job(been working for 10years) and good travel history. The consular asked me if am married, I said No. He said I do not qualify for a Visa.135:22 AM – Apr 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee EBONY’s other Tweets

Olubisi Damilola@OlubisiDamilol1Replying to @USEmbassyAbuja

Well,that’s so untrue…. A friend of mine went for the interview last week Monday so he can attend his sisters wedding in July in US . After going thru his document….They asked him “Have u travelled before” ,He replied “NO”….The lady refused to talk to him again….just710:51 PM – Apr 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Olubisi Damilola’s other Tweets

Folaranmi Saheed@ListentoanyReplying to @USEmbassyAbuja

I went for interview few days ago, after an hour of waiting and over 200 plus applicants , only 5 applicants visa was granted , mine also was refused and my propose of applying if because I want to attend a year program at @NYFA. So I believe the consular enjoy refusing a visa65:50 AM – Apr 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Folaranmi Saheed’s other Tweets

Akinola Adekunle@kunlehooReplying to @USEmbassyAbuja

Truth must be told. Most Nigerian youths granted US Visa don’t return back to Nigeria. The energy that Nigerians do put to travel out of Nigeria if same energy is devoted to holding leaders accountable, it will be needless to travel out of Nigeria and not return.511:31 PM – Apr 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Akinola Adekunle’s other Tweets

osas macaulay@OsasMacaulayReplying to @USEmbassyAbuja

Not every Nigerian have the intent of not returning home.. the consular should consider this and give those with Genuine intent a chance. Not having travel history for the past 10yrs is potent evidence of strong ties to one’s country because not everybody likes to travel !!72:06 PM – Apr 15, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee osas macaulay’s other Tweets

Aduku Ayo@ayniceyfunReplying to @USEmbassyAbuja

I would not give up until @USEmbassyAbuja give me a concrete reason as to why they said my bank statement is fake!!!!! This cannot continue happening!!!23:35 AM – Apr 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacySee Aduku Ayo’s other Tweets