The United States mission in Nigeria has said that the country provides the most students in universities and colleges across America compared to other African countries.
Susan Tuller, the US mission country consular coordinator, stated this on Tuesday during a meeting with successful applicants at the 2021 Student Visa day in Lagos.
According to Tuller, Nigeria ranks 11th on the list of countries with the highest number of students in the US. She said that the mission would continue to prioritise Nigerian students with admission to schools in the US.
She said, “Nigeria sends students to study in the United States more than any other country in Africa. With over 13,000 Nigerians studying in the United States, it’s the 11th country for sending international students to America. That’s really huge, so you guys will have lots of friends and acquaintances that come from Nigeria once you get there.
“Although the pandemic has really affected our ability to provide visa appointments, Mission Nigeria continues to prioritise our students, and we’re on track to be able to offer interviews to every single Nigerian who’s been approved at a US university or college.
“In 2021 alone, between our US embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos, we’ve interviewed over 5,000 Nigerian students. And we’ll continue to prioritise our students throughout the summer.”
Tuller advised prospective applicants to apply for visas quickly as appointments will be made available through the summer. The Coordinator also advised Nigerian students to apply for visas themselves, stating that it was unnecessary to pay additional funds to use a third-party service.