The American embassy in Nigeria, has said contrary to popular opinion, its Visa officers do not enjoy handling refusal letter to Nigerians.
The embassy made this known in a Facebook post which read in part, “Contrary to popular opinion, visa officers do not enjoy handing anyone the 214b refusal letter”.
The embassy subsequently asked Nigerians to tune into a live Facebook talk at 2 pm on Wednesday which will focus on steps in securing American visa .
“Proof: Visa Officers will be live on Facebook to talk about some of the commonly misunderstood questions on the DS 160 and help you improve your next application”.
“Join us on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 2:00pm and #AskTheConsulyour questions”
However, as at 10”20 pm, 276 Nigerians disagreed in the comment section of the embassy’s Facebook page.
A facebook user with the name, Akufai Valentine, who shared her experience, said she had a terrible experience in 2013.
“I got scholarship to attend a conference in Denver but was denied visa. I was not angry because i was denied visa, i was angry in the manner of the disrespect from the consular officer” she posted.
“Imagine giving one that refusal letter and you are told off you go without any tangible explanation, after reading the letter, it states that i don’t have strong ties to my country either through being married, neither do i have a job and back then i use to work with an NGO and it was clearly stated in my application, i have forgotten the third excuse.
“I just laughed and left, I know people who are single then and are still single today that have gotten US visa, i know people who have no job but have gotten US visa, i know people who had zero travel experience but yet were granted US visa. Since that episode i have never ever applied for a U S visa because i don’t have any business there for now”.
“Me, I would never get marry because i want to secure a US visa, who sets the rule on what is “Strong ties”? Just a way to allow someone play “God”. For me, you get US visa base on which side of the bed the consular officer interviewing you wakes up from”.
Another facebook user, Ikechukwu Enekweizu, who advised Nigerian youths stay away from the U.S embassy, as they are likely to deny visa to young applicants, said he was denied visa three times even after he paid for tuition fee at the school that granted him admission, till the school couldn’t wait for him anymore.