I am currently going to get my H1-B approval in Nigeria. A friend of mine mentioned that he was delayed due to an issue in the Embassy - the US Consulate in Nigeria told him that his information was not in the database yet (or something like that), and he would need to wait a little bit for them to double check the issueThis led to concern on my part, and my question was do I have to file the I-824 before coming to Nigeria to get my H1-B (I am going in a couple of weeks)? Do I need to file it to inform the US COnsulate in Lagos Nigeria that I am coming, so that I do not run into the issue of my information not being in the system (or something like that)
State/Country relating to question: Nigeria
What may have delayed him was not that his information was not in the database because the consul can send an email to the service center and they can transmit the file to the consul immediately.
What may cause the delay is the security check. Sometimes those can take weeks depending on varioius security issues.
The recent issue with the Nigerian who attempted to bring down that flight this week may cause more scrutiny with regards XXXXX XXXXX checks.
So there is no guaranteed your visa will be issued quickly. Not because the consul can't verify your file, but because of additional measures they will probably be taking on background checks.
Nigerian nationals may fall under some of the more indepth checks by the time you get there. Look at this link to understand the background checks
If you want to file the I-824 it is a 3 month processing time
But that does not insure your visa to be issued without delay.
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