American Citizen Services in USA Embassy in Nigeria

For information on American Citizen Services, please see our website: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/service.html.
American Citizen Services operates on an appointment-only basis. All non-emergency services, including passport renewals, adding pages to a passport, the filing of Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services, must be scheduled online at the following link: https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=LGS&appcode=1. The online appointment system is easy to use, and appointments for all services are readily available. American citizens in need of emergency assistance can contact us by phone at (+234) 1 460 3400 and (+234) 1 460 3600.
The U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, is located at 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Frequently Asked Questions: American Citizens Services

Q: What are the hours for American Citizen Services?

A: American Citizen Services operates on an appointment-only basis. Appointments should be scheduled online at: https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=LGS&appcode=1.
The online appointment system is easy to use, and appointments for all services are readily available. American citizens with legitimate emergencies can contact us by phone at (+234) 1 460 3400 and (+234) 1 460 3600. The U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, is located at 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.  Note that the Consulate General is closed on American and Nigerian holidays.
For additional information on American Citizen Services, please see our website: http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/service.html.

Q: How can I get a passport for myself or my child? What are the fees?

A: Passport applications are processed by appointment only, per the above instructions.
All applicants for passport renewal, including children, must appear in person and bring the following: all previously issued passports (if available), two passport photos (2’’ by 2’’), and the passport fees ($140 or $110, depending on the service) payable in Naira or U.S. dollars (USD). *Please note that you may not ‘mix’ currencies; you must pay either in Naira or in USD.

For children’s passports, please bring the original or a certified copy of the child’s U.S. birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad. If the child’s previous passport was issued when he or she was very young, please bring photos of the child during the years in between to illustrate the child’s growth. For passport applicants under the age of 16, both parents must consent to passport issuance. This means that both parents must be present to sign the passport application. If one parent is unable to be present, he or she must present an affidavit of consent, notarized in the United States or at a U.S. consulate or embassy.
If your child was born in Nigeria and has not previously been issued a U.S. passport, he or she may first need to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. See instructions below.

Note that the Consular Officer may request additional documentation to complete the passport application process.

Plan ahead! All U.S. passports are printed in the United States and take up to two weeks to arrive in Lagos. Expedited service is not available, and the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos does not issue “travel documents” other than U.S. passports.

If your passport application has been approved, American Citizen Services is open for passport pickup Monday through Thursday at 2:00 pm and Friday at 7:30 am.

For additional information on passport applications, including downloadable application forms, please see: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

Q: What do I need to bring to register the birth of my child with a Consular Report of Birth Abroad? What are the fees?

If you are an American citizen and your child was born in Nigeria, he or she may also be a U.S. citizen. In order to make this determination, you should apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for your child. You can find more information on CRBA eligibility and requirements here:
http://travel.state.gov/travel/living/living_5497.html

To apply for a CRBA, please schedule an appointment with us. Bring the following forms: DS-5507 Affidavit of Parentage, Physical Presence, and Support; DS-2029 Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America; DS-11 Passport Application; your child’s original birth certificate, issued by the National Population Commission; your marriage certificate (if applicable). You should also be prepared to present evidence of your physical presence in the United States (e.g., your former passports showing your travel to/from the U.S. and Nigeria) and photos showing the child and parents together.
For links to all documents, please review the comprehensive CRBA checklist here: http://photos.state.gov/libraries/nigeria/487468/pdfs/CRBA_checklist_and_procedure.pdf

The fee for a passport and CRBA application is currently $205.

Q: What do I need to bring if I lost my passport and need to get a new one?

A: If you have lost your passport, please make an appointment to apply for a new one. Please bring: a police report that documents that the passport was lost or stolen; government issued photo identification (for adults); evidence of U.S. citizenship; a passport application fee (in USD or Naira); two passport photos; photo identification (e.g. driver’s license, school identification, or other passport).

Fees: $135 per passport for adults and $105 per passport for minors under the age of 16, which is payable in USD or in equivalent Naira at the current U.S. Consulate General exchange rate.

Please note that all U.S. passports are printed in the U.S. and take up to two weeks to arrive in Lagos. Expedited service is generally not available.

Q: What are the fees for notary services?  Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to receive notary services?

A: Notarial services are open to all U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Nigeria, as well as for Nigerians and foreign nationals when the document is to be used in the United States.

Fees:  $50 for each notary signature, payable in USD or Naira.

Q: I am an American Citizen.  How do I register my presence in Nigeria with the Consulate General?

A: U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Nigeria can register their presence with the Consulate online at: https://step.state.gov/step/. Registrants will receive periodic notifications on security issues and other topics.

Q: Where do I get information about travel and security conditions in Nigeria?

Please visit the State Department’s Country Specific Information for Nigeria at: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_987.html

Q: I have been corresponding online with someone who claims to be an American citizen in Nigeria and is now asking me to send money to him/her to assist in an emergency situation.  I have concerns about the legitimacy of the situation.  Is there anything that the U.S. Consulate General can do to assist? Is there anywhere to get information on Nigerian email scams?

A: The U.S. Consulate General, Lagos, is always able and willing to assist American citizens in need. We do not charge a fee or require any specific documents for this service. If you have been contacted by someone who claims to be an American citizen in Nigeria who is in need of emergency services, please tell them to contact us directly at (+234) 1 460 3400/3600 or via email at LagosACS@state.gov. This person is also welcome to come to the Consulate in person to request assistance.

Please note that online fraud is common in Nigeria. If you have received such an email, it is likely one of the many e-mail scams originating from Nigeria.  There are many such scams involving someone in Nigeria who is in some sort of trouble, ranging from detention to extortion or hospitalization. Inevitably, the sender is making an appeal for money. Please note that the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos does not have the time or resources to ‘investigate’ the veracity of every such situation. If this is someone you have not met personally, we urge you not to continue corresponding with whoever sent the message and not to send money.

For more information on Nigerian e-mail scams, please see http://travel.state.gov/pdf/international_financial_scams_brochure.pdf

Please report internet scams at www.ic3.gov, the website of the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.  You may also file a complaint at www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com, which is hosted by the same organization.

Q: My friend/relative is traveling in Nigeria and needs medical or legal advice. Can you assist them?

A: The U.S. Consulate General, Lagos is not in a position to recommend specific service providers. We have lists available of doctors and medical facilities and lawyers available at the following web addresses:
(http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/acs_medical_information.html) (http://nigeria.usembassy.gov/acs_abuja_legal_information.html).

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  1. Hi CJ,Thanks for putting tohegter this site. It’s an amazing resource for people wanting to know more about the E3 and most non-immigrant visas in the US. By following your information I have been lucky enough to be offered a job in the US!Although I may have missed something in your website or book, do you know if your first application for the E3 visa needs to be in Australia? Or could it be processed in Canada?Thanks,Ben

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