U.S. Resumes Consular Services In Nigeria’s Capital Abuja

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on August 24th, 2018

Abuja, Nigeria : The United States Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria has resumed activities after nine days of suspension of services for visa and American Citizen Services at the embassy.

The US embassy in its twitter handle @USEmbassyAbuja on Friday morning announced resumption of full consular services at the embassy in Abuja.

“Full consular visa and American Citizen Services resume in Abuja today. We regret the inconvenience the temporary closure of the Abuja Consular office caused. Good to be back,” it stated.

The US embassy had on August 15 this year temporarily suspended its consular services in Abuja due to reasons it said were beyond its control.

EARLIER : U.S. Resumes Consular Services In Nigeria’s Capital Abuja This Week

The U.S. Embassy says it will reopen its Abuja consular section on August 24 for full services for both visas and American Citizen Services (ACS).

The embassy stated this in a message on its website: https://ng.usembassy.gov, on Monday in Abuja.

The embassy, had on August 15, temporarily suspended its consular services in Abuja due to reasons it said were beyond its control.

“The U.S. Embassy in Abuja’s consular section will reopen on Aug. 24th for full services for both visas and ACS. Please, note that consular functions at the U.S. Consulate Lagos were never affected and will continue as usual.

“We regret the inconvenience this interruption of service in Abuja has caused,” it stated.

The embassy stated that Visa and ACS applicants with scheduled appointments for Aug. 24 should come to the Embassy in Abuja, as usual.

“Visa and ACS applicants with cancelled appointments between Aug. 13 and Aug. 23 will be contacted by the Embassy for rescheduling.

“Visa and ACS applicants, who were requested by an officer to appear again for follow-up questions on existing applications should contact our office to arrange a new date (ConsularAbuja@state.gov for visas or AbujaACS@state.gov for ACS,” it said.

It assured Visa applicants, who submitted passports through the Interview Waiver Programme for visa renewal, that such would be processed as soon as possible.

“If your application was already approved, it will be mailed out as normal on the next available DHL shipment to your listed address.

“Abuja ACS applicants, who wish to pick-up their already-printed U.S. passports, may come on Friday between 9:30a.m and 11:00a.m.

“If you are uncertain if your U.S. passport has arrived yet, please contact us first at AbujaACS@state.gov,” it added

EARLIER : U.S. Suspends Consular Services In Nigeria’s Capital Abuja

The U.S. Embassy Nigeria in a statement on Wednesday said it has temporarily suspended its consular services in the nation’s capital Abuja due to reasons beyond its control. The embassy maintained that its Consulate Office in Lagos was not affected by the development.

While expressing regret on the inconvenience the development it might cause to applicants, the embassy expressed the hope to resume its operations soon in Abuja.

The embassy in its website earlier did not give reason for the suspension of its consular services in Abuja which it latter did in a statement.

”Due to reasons beyond our control we are temporarily unable to provide regular services for visa and American Citizen Services (ACS) in Abuja, but other offices within the embassy remain open.

”Please note that consular functions at the U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue.

”Until further notice, applicants are encouraged to contact the Consular Office in Lagos for immediate emergency travel,” the embassy stated.

The embassy advised applicants to please monitor the Facebook and Webpage of the U.S. Embassy for updates on consular operations.

It stated that scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja would be contacted for rescheduling.

”American citizens in northern Nigeria with emergency services needs should continue to contact the after-hours emergency number for Abuja at 09461-4000 and press “0” to go to the operator to request assistance.

”We regret the inconvenience this has caused to our applicants and hope to resume operations soon,” it stated.

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