The rate of people migrating from Nigeria to the USA is high. Nowadays, almost everybody is nursing the plan of migrating to the USA from Nigeria.
It is very easy to migrate to the USA from Nigeria if you follow the right procedures, have the necessary documents, and have enough money.
However, if your plan to migrate to the USA from Nigeria has failed many times, this article will reveal to you the easiest ways to migrate to the USA from Nigeria.
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Easiest Ways To Migrate To the USA From Nigeria
Instead of cutting corners, there are many ways to migrate to the USA from Nigeria legally.
Before you can migrate to the USA from Nigeria peacefully, you need to have your visa and all immigrant visas to the USA are processed for citizens and residents of Nigeria at the U.S Consulate in Lagos.
However, there are two types of visas which are the immigration visa and the Non-Immigrant Visa.
The non-immigrant visa is the commonest visa that people apply for, this visa is often used by businessmen, workers, students, tourists, and other people whose intention is to stay in the USA for a period of time and for a specific purpose.
Meanwhile the immigration visa type is specifically for people who want to relocate to the USA permanently with the hope of acquiring US citizenship and legal permanent residency.
Whether you are about to settle in the USA permanently or temporarily, below are the easiest ways you can migrate to the USA from Nigeria.
Migrate To The USA Through Your Family Member
You can easily Migrate to the USA from Nigeria through your family member who is a permanent resident in the USA by applying for an immigrant visa.
However, to be eligible to apply for an immigrant visa, you must be sponsored by an immediate family member who is at least 21 years and is either a US citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident.
A family visa is an example of an immigrant visa and it is of two main categories which are immediate relative and family preference.
An immediate relative is a visa for people who are closely related to US citizens such as spouses, children, or parents.
Meanwhile, Family Preference is a visa for people who do not have a close relationship with a US citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR).
Whether you have a close relation or distant relationship with a US citizen, before you are able to migrate to the USA from Nigeria, you must have an appeal sponsored in your name by a US citizen.
Migrate To The USA As A Student
You can easily migrate to the USA from Nigeria as a student using a student visa.
A student visa (F-I visa) enables students to temporarily live in the USA for a specific period of time while studying at a school, seminary, college, professional institution, etc.
Moreover, to get the student visa that will enable you to leave Nigeria for the USA, you must go through the process of application.
The application process for a student visa is broad because there are so many courses and places of study in the united state of America and a student visa is not an immigration visa.
To apply for a student visa, you must make sure your school is not a vocational school and must be approved by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP).
Getting a student visa to migrate to the USA from Nigeria will restrict your choice of work although your spouse and your children can come with you.
However, your spouse would not be allowed to work because of your student visa status but your children can be enrolled in schools.
Moreover, the requirements for a student visa are:
1. You must, first of all, apply and be enrolled in your chosen course of study in an institution approved by SEVP in the United States.
2. You must be enrolled as a full-time student at the institution.
3. You must be skilled in English or be registered in courses leading to English proficiency.
4. You must Have proof of adequate monetary funds to fund your study in the United States.
5. You must Have connections to your home country that show a plan to return after you finish your studies.
6. You must not live in the USA at the time of your application.
Moreover, to get your student visa, you will be requested to attend an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate, and you will be expected to present the following:
1. An unexpired passport.
2. The Form DS-160 confirmation page.
3. Application fee payment receipt.
4. A photo that fits U.S. State Department requirements.
5. Form I-20 that was issued to you by your academic institution.
6. Evidence of transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended.
7. Standardized test scores required by your U.S. school.
8. Proof of connections to your home country, as well as proof of funds to support you and pay for your studies while you studying in the USA.
Migrate To The USA As A Worker
Migrating to the USA from Nigeria as a worker is another easiest way to migrate to the USA from Nigeria..
To proceed, you must, first of all, have a decent job in the USA before applying for a work visa by filling out form 1-765 officially called Application for Employment Authorization.
A work visa will enable you to work in the USA while anticipating your green card approval. However, your work authorization begins immediately after you enter the USA.
Interestingly, getting a work permit is somewhat an easy process, basically, it takes about 5–7 months for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process Form I-765.
However, the following documents are needed for the application for a work visa.
1. A copy of your I-94 travel record (front and back), if available, or a printout of your electronic I-94 obtained from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
2. A copy of your U.S. visa (a document placed in your passport)
3. A copy of your passport photo page
4. Copies of previous work permits (front and back), if any
5. Two 2-inch-by-2-inch of your passport-style photos taken recently (print your full name and Alien Registration Number on the back of each with a pencil or felt-tip pen)
6. government-issued identification(If you have not been issued a work permit before)
7. Copy of receipt notice (official acknowledgment letter) from USCIS that your green card application (Form I-485) is pending, you can submit this only if your sponsor is a green card holder, a U.S. citizen and you’re applying for a work permit after submitting your green card application.
Migrate To The USA As An Investor
You can easily migrate to the USA from Nigeria with your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years as an investor if you have enough money to invest in a commercial enterprise in the USA.
To migrate to the USA as an investor, you must, first of all, get the investor visa also known as the EB-5 Investor Immigration Program.
To get an investor visa, you would be interviewed at the U.S embassy in Nigeria and also go through other procedures.
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How To Apply For Immigrant Visa
The process of applying for an immigrant visa from outside the United States is very simple if you have the necessary documents and enough money to process the visa.
Moreover, you can follow the steps below to apply for an immigrant visa.
The first step is to fill out the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) forms for the right type of visa.
However, if your petition for a visa is approved, the petition will be sent to the National Visa Center for further processing.
After that, the National Visa Center will send correspondence with instructions on how to create a profile at the Consular Electronic Application Center to track visa applications.
Once your visa application is accepted by Consular Electronic Application Center, you will be called for an interview, before the interview, you will have to undergo medical examinations in Lagos carried out by certified doctors permitted by the U.S Consulate.
However, applicants are allowed to complete their medical examinations within 14 days, and the applicant should not book their medical exam farther than three months before their immigrant visa interview at the consulate.
Moreover, the approved doctors to carry out the medical examination are:
Dr. Samuel Ahadi Baghuma
Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC), Lagos.
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
1 Isaac John Street (At the Corner of Isaac John Street and Oduduwa Way),
GRA Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
Booking e-mail: iomlagosmedicalbooking.iom.int
Phone: +2348022264059, 09092156079, 09099991256
Dr. Ade Alakija
Q-Life Family Clinic
Plot 155A Prince Ade Odedina Street
Off Ajose Adeogun, Victoria Island Annex
Website for Bookings: https://www.qlifefamilyclinic.com/usim-terms-and-conditions
Fees & requirements: https://www.qlifefamilyclinic.com/resources/IME-US-REQUIREMENT.pdf
Phone: 01-6290365, Cell: 0809-974-2000 (Ext 112), 0811-397-5433, 08022525452
Dr. Aden Guliye
Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC)-Abuja,
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
No. 55 Hassan Musa Katsina Road, Asokoro, Abuja
Booking email: iomabujamedicalbooking. iom.int; IOMAbujaClinicalTeam@iom.int
Phone: +234(0)8085221427, 08095637898 or 07032898491
Documents For Medical Examination
- Visa interview letter
- Five (5) recently taken passport-sized color photographs)
- Immunization records
- DS-260 confirmation page
Documents Needed For The Interview
Below are the documents you will go with for the interview.
1. Valid medical report from an approved panel physician.
2. Valid police report.
3. Affidavit of Support.
4. Two-color passport photos, showing the applicant’s full face on a white background, sized 1.5 x 1.5 inches (5 cm x 5 cm).
5. Evidence of relationship with your petitioner from applicants who immigrated based on a family or spousal relationship.
6. Photographs showing you with the petitioner over different periods of time should be presented during the interview.
7. Marriage certificates
8. Birth certificates – It must be a National Population Commission (NPC) birth certificate for people born in Nigeria after 1992, and an Attestation of Birth from the NPC for people, born in Nigeria before 1992.
9. Petitioner Birth Certificates – IR5 and F4 applicants should provide their petitioner’s original birth certificate.
10. Divorce certificates (if your petitioner is your spouse or fiancé(e ), you must present divorce decrees for all prior marriages for both you and the petitioner).
11. Adoption certificates
12. Death certificates (if applicable, for the previous spouses of beneficiaries, as well as the previous spouses of petitioners in cases where the petitioner is the spouse or fiancé(e ) of the beneficiary.
13. Chats from social media (DO NOT copy them into a word document – they MUST be printed directly from the site)
14. Phone records showing both phone numbers and duration of a call
15. Email correspondence (DO NOT print them in a word document)
After the interview, if a visa is approved it will be printed on a page in the applicant’s passport. Generally, this visa has an expiration date and it is advisable for the applicant to travel to the USA before the expiration date.
That is all of the easiest ways to migrate to the USA from Nigeria, I hope it helps you plan your relocation to the USA from Nigeria.