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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Nigeria
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My husband is from Nigeria, but has been living in Ghana for the past two years. He does not have a visa to live there, so we assumed his case would be processed through the Lagos consulate. In an email we received back from the NVC regarding the choice of agent and address (DS-3032) form, this was included:

Foreign State Chargeability: NIGERIA

U.S. EMBASSY, CONSULAR SECTION

NO. 19 FIFTH LINK ROAD

CANTONMENTS, ACCRA

GHANA

Does this mean they have the case routed to go through the Accra consulate? If so, how do we get this changed? I'd like to take care of it before it leaves the NVC, if possible. I haven't even sent in my affidavit of support yet, because I do not want the case to move forward and be sent to the wrong place. Advice anyone?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ghana
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That means your husband interview will be in Ghana. He does not need a visa to live in Ghana, since he's been living here for 2yrs now, all he need do is go ahead and apply for his Ghana residence permit which i believe he can get without stress. But if he wants his interview in Lagos, he will have wait for his file to get to Ghana first and then contact the Accra emabssy for change of Embassy and I learnt that might take upto 4weeks before they send it to Nigeria.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria
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Happy to help. I was in a similar situation 3 years ago, the only difference is that I had my Ghana resident permit. I am originally from Nigeria but went to the University in Ghana and as a matter of fact I had my wedding there. My interview was initially suppose to be done in Ghana but had it transferred later to Lagos cos of the backlog in Accra back then. It is good that you are still at the NVC stage which means you wont waste so much time like I did. Email NVC with your info and husband info immediately.Basically what is required of you is your Husband's international passport copy (Biography page) just to ascertain his Nigeria citizenship. Simply tell them that you want the case transferred to his country of birth, no hassle. He doesnt require any visa to stay in Ghana as a Nigerian courtesy of Ecowas treaty but he will require a Resident Permit to do any Legal stuff in Ghana such as Schooling, Banking, Embassy interviews, Working. If he is not working or schooling in Ghana it will be almost impossible to get a resident permit in Ghana. Note: I have this information first hand having lived in Ghana for 6 years. He should avoid the stress and go over to Nigeria to have his interview done. Should you need more information, dont fail to email me and I will be glad to help. Best of luck.


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