-Says That Intervention Is Not An Assurance Of Entry Visa Into The US

The Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Onyema Geoffrey, has offered to engage the US Embassy to secure visa for members of the Nigerian Bar Association who will be going for the 2022 IBA Conference.

This arrangement was made following the intervention of the President of the Bar, Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau SAN, to the foreign minister, on the complaint bordering on the difficulty of members to secure visa appointment dates ahead of the conference.

This was disclosed in a statement on Sunday, by the National Publicity Secretary Akorede Habeeb Lawal and made available to TheNigerialawyer.

TheNigerialawyer reported that the 2022 International Bar Association (IBA) Conference, has been scheduled to hold from 30th October to 4th November, 2022 in Miami, Florida, United States of America.

Members of the Bar who are interested to go for the conference are required to provide the following documents to facilitate the process:

a. Evidence of membership of the International Bar Association
b. Evidence of full payment of the IBA Conference participation fee.
c. Evidence of membership of the Nigerian Bar Association (Branch confirmation of good-standing).
d. Duly completed Non-Immigrant Visa form (DS-160 Form)
e. Evidence of payment of visa fees.

All eligible and interested members should forward their details (Name, Enrolment Number, Branch and Passport Number) to the office of the General Secretary of the NBA on or before the close of business on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, via the following email: info@nigerianbar.org.ng.

“All eligible applicants MUST go through the prescribed visa interview process and only successful applicants will be issued the relevant entry visa.

“Kindly note, that the intervention referred to above is not an assurance of issuance of entry visas into the United States but an effort at facilitating early visa interview dates for members who have registered for the Conference and have satisfied all the pre-conditions for entry visa”, Akorede, stated.

Recall that since after the Covid-19 pandemic obtaining dates for appointments from the US Embassy, is like passing thread through the eye of an elephant. And the Embassy now concentrates on study visa, Medicals and other emergency issues.

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