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US Cancels Interviews For Visa-seeking Nigerian Students

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US Cancels Interview For Visa-seeking Nigerian Students

The United States (US) government, has cancelled interviews for visa-seeking Nigerian students, who want to renew.

In a statement issued by the Press Office, Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General, titled “No-Interview Student Visa Renewals Available Now”, it was disclosed there-in that Nigerians currently studying in the US on F1 or academic J1 visa may be eligible to renew their student visas without an interview when they return to Nigeria over the winter break.

U.S. Consulate in Nigeria stated that “to qualify for this procedure, you must be physically in Nigeria, renewing a student visa that is still valid or has expired within the past 24 months and are renewing your visa either to: (a) continue participation in the same major course of study even if at a different institution; or (b) attend the same institution even if in a different major course of study.”

According to the statement, by scheduling a no-interview student visa renewal appointment, “you’ll be able to drop off your passport at a DHL location in Lagos, on a date and time you schedule using the Consulate’s online booking system.”

The Consulate reiterated that the US Mission in Nigeria is committed to returning passports within two weeks from the appointment date, adding that it will prioritise any required follow-up interviews.

It added, “To schedule a no-interview student visa renewal appointment go to www.ustraveldocs.com/ng and follow the instructions.

On the day and time of your scheduled appointment, visit a designated DHL facility to drop off your application with the following documents: A printout of your submission letter (printed from www.ustraveldocs.com/ng).

“A DS-160 completed in the last six months. An approved I-20. A receipt for your I-901 SEVIS fee.

Your passport containing the expired student visa (if that passport has expired, a current valid passport must be included) and A passport photograph taken in the last six months meeting these requirements.”

For those who do not meet the above criteria, it provides the following steps: Applicants who do not meet the above criteria should visit and schedule a regular appointment at www.ustraveldocs.com/ng.

If someone in your family or group does not meet the qualifications above, they must schedule a regular appointment. Each applicant must meet the qualifications individually. For instance, we cannot accept a renewal for a child if the parent is the only one who qualifies under the guidelines. In that case, the child would need to schedule an appointment and come to the Embassy or Consulate for an interview.

“To remove a dependent that does not qualify for a student renewal from your profile, please follow these steps:  Log in to the primary applicant’s profile, Click New Scheduling Appointment, Follow the steps until your reach Step 6.

At Step 6, check for the dependent’s information and click “x” to remove the dependent from the primary applicants’ profile.”

The statement added, “Scheduled applicants who qualify for the no-interview student visa renewal based on the above criteria can cancel their appointments and re-apply at this link. During the rescheduling process, you will be asked questions confirming eligibility for the student renewal program and be provided instructions on how to submit the application through the document delivery center.

“If you do not qualify for a no-interview student visa renewal, please do not cancel your appointment.”

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Abuja-Kaduna Rail Services To Resume On Monday

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Abuja-Kaduna Rail Services To Resume On Monday

The Abuja-Kaduna rail services resume operations on Monday, November 28, 2022.

This is coming eight months after the service was suspended due to terrorist attacks on the line.

A source within the Idu rail station disclosed this development.

It had been reported that terrorists attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28, 2022, kidnapping 168 passengers and killing eight others.

The release of the victims had been in batches since then, with the last 23 released in October.

According to the source, some contractors were at the Idu rail station to install the tracker and cameras.

They couldn’t install the cameras but they installed the trackers on LOKO 2809 and on DMU 003.

“The Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Coporation, Fidet Okhiria, is seriously monitoring it from Lagos. We are proposing to start running by Monday,” the source added.

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Bashir Baba: Buhari Mourns Late Veteran Journalist

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Bashir Baba: Buhari Mourns Late Veteran Journalist

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of veteran journalist, Bashir Mohammed Baba.

Describing him as a ‘dedicated broadcaster’, Buhari eulogized the television analyst, through a post by his media aide, Garba Shehu.

The President stated that the deceased had distinguished himself in his chosen profession and therefore deserves the accolades being poured on his excellent record.

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“Whatever we do in life, we should do it so well, because ultimately, our good record will speak for us beyond the grave. We are proud of the good record Bashir Baba had built for himself for over four decades as a journalist.

“His contributions to creating public awareness are indelible and this favorable record will speak for his memory for years to come,” President Buhari extolled the deceased.

Buhari commiserated with the friends and family of Bashir Baba, praying to Allah to forgive the departed soul.

Baba passed away in the early hours of Saturday, 26th of November, as a result of injuries from complications from domestic accidents in his bathroom.

Bashir Baba an experienced journalist of over four decades who began with NTA, is an analyst with BBC, VOA, DW-Radio as well as Prestige Radio, Minna  Niger State, flagship program, ‘Kasar Mu a Yau’ as well as Idon Mikiya program of Farin Wata Television/Vision FM.

He anchored flagship programs at Liberty Television. He was also Senior Assistant Media (Foreign Affairs Ministry) under Ambassador Aminu Bashir Wali.

His burial rite is to take place in Kano State, today, 27th November.

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Nigerian Students In UK Lament Frustration From Banks

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Nigerian Students In UK Lament Frustration From Banks

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the United Kingdom (UK), has lamented the frustration from banks that its members face.

Airing the frustrations, the president of NANS in the UK, Shoyemi Peper-Hade revealed that “the issue is very straightforward. First, there is the inability of Nigerian banks to process Form A – a form used for foreign payments – on time. Also, the banks have refused to refund the affected students their money so that they can look for alternatives. We got a message that the university in question, the University of Hull, England, messaged one of the affected banks. They said they had given the bank one week to remit the money into the school’s account, but the bank has not responded to that mail to the best of my knowledge. Now, the affected students are saying, ‘Give us our money back!’ But the bank has refused to do so till date. We are talking about money that was dropped with the bank in September but they have yet to process the payment till now (November 23, 2022) as we speak.

The students are on the verge of being sent home. In fact, the school has told the 11 affected students since November 7 to go back to Nigeria and try again next year. This is very frustrating. We are talking of students who sold a lot of assets to be in the UK in search of education and a better life. It is depressing. They have done everything to make these banks comply, but all to no avail.”

They don’t have UK accounts yet because they are new in the country. Most of them came to the UK in September. So, they have yet to even process their personal accounts. They were given until October 30 to register to be eligible to access all the services in the UK, but the banks in Nigeria are frustrating these students. The deposits had to be made before they could even get visas. The way it works is that before leaving for the UK, you have to put some money in the Form A. The minimum is around £2,000. When this money is paid, one can then apply for a visa. So, the bank has an agreement with the university that once the students arrive in the UK, the money will be paid. But, this has not been the case. For now, of all the universities, it is only the University of Hull that uses Form A. All other universities have stopped it because of similar issues like this,” he added.

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