Insecurity: U.S. shelves proposed Kano Consulate


United States of American (USA) has attributed the general insecurity situation in the North to the putting off of its planned opening of Kano Consular Office.
The proposed office is expected to make the U.S. Consular offices to three.
U.S. Information Officer, Abuja, Rhonda Ferguson-Augustus, disclosed this at a press briefing by the Chief Consular, Carol Cox, on student visas.
She stressed that the insecurity and uncertainty in the North East has been responsible for the shelving.
“We want to be sure that security is there,” she stated.
Cox, who explained that 45 per cent application increase over the past year by the Abuja office, warned applicants to be wary of agents and fraudsters who mill around the consulates.
She also stressed that visa fraud has become a crime that could make culpable individuals permanently ineligible for any type of visa to USA.
She urged the applicants to ensure that they provide truthful information concerning them in their forms.
Cox enjoined them to have concrete evidence of how they intend to fund their education to ensure that only credible applicants, who are capable of funding their education, are granted student visa.

“If they don’t really know how they are going to pay for their school, we are not going to issue visa,” he maintained.
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