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US to restart visa interviews in Nigeria

The United States has announced his intentions to continue visa interviews and other consular services in Nigeria.

The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos gave the hint at the unveiling of its expanded pavilion.

Claire Pierangelo, the Consul General, noted that the renovated pavilion will provide a new safe space for visa applicants to socially distance while waiting for their appointment.

The consulate received an average of 1,000 visa and American Citizen Services customers per day, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But, Pierangelo assured the consulate is working diligently to reschedule the visa applicants that were affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Pierangelo said the consular customer experience is continuously improved on, as Nigerians’ main interaction with the consulate is through the section.

Liliane Hudspeth, the Consular Chief, explained that the new pavilion offers visitors a larger, more comfortable covered waiting area, protection from sun, rain, as well as a great view of the Lagos lagoon.

“We have put in place safety measures that not only protect our visa applicants but also consular staff who serve those applicants,” Hudspeth said.

William Bridgeland, the Management Officer, commended the cooperation between the U.S. Consulate Facility Maintenance team and the local Nigerian construction contractor.

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