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Embassy of The United State of America, Lagos


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The United States of America (U.S.A. or USA), commonly called the United States (US or U.S.) andAmerica, is a federal constitutional republic consisting of fifty states and a federal district. The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C., thecapital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent, with Canada to the east and Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also possesses several territories in the Pacific and Caribbean. At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and with around 315 million people, the United States is the third- or fourth-largest country by total area, and the third-largest by both land area and population. It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse andmulticultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The geography andclimate of the United States is also extremely diverse and is home to a variety of species.

Paleoindians migrated from Asia to what is now the United States mainland around 15,000 years ago. After 1500, Old World diseases introduced by Europeans greatly reduced their populations. European colonization began around 1600 and came mostly from England. The United States emerged from thirteen British colonies located along the Atlantic seaboard, which developed their own economies and democratic political systems. Disputes between Great Britain and the American colonies led to the American Revolution. On July 4, 1776, delegates from the 13 colonies unanimously issued the Declaration of Independence, which established the United States of America. With the aid of France, the new country defeated Britain in the Revolutionary War, which became the first successful war of independence against a European empire. The current Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787; several Amendmentswere later added to the Constitution, modifying its effects but not changing the original text. The first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, which guarantee many fundamental civil rights and freedoms, were ratified in 1791.

Driven by the doctrine of manifest destiny, the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, displacing native tribes, acquiring new territories, and gradually admitting new states. The American Civil War ended legalized slavery in the United States. By the end of the nineteenth century, the American national economy was the world's largest. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power. The United States emerged from World War II as a global power and as the first country with nuclear weapons and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. The end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union left the United States as the sole superpower.

The United States is a post-industrial developed country and has the world's largest national economy, with an estimated 2012 GDP of $15.6 trillion (22% of nominal global GDP and over 19% of global GDP atpurchasing-power parity). The per capita GDP of the U.S. was the world's sixth-highest as of 2010.The economy is fueled by an abundance of natural resources, a well-developed infrastructure, and high productivity; and while its economy is considered post-industrial it continues to be one of the world's largest manufacturers. The country accounts for 41% of global military spending, and is a leading economic, political, and cultural force in the world, as well as a leader in scientific research and technological innovation.

 

Inauguration of President Barack Obama (US, America)

                                                                                    

White House, the executive mansion of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.)

 

Political Division

The United States is a federal union of fifty states. The original thirteen states were the successors of the thirteen colonies that rebelled against British rule. Early in the country's history, three new states were organized on territory separated from the claims of the existing states: Kentucky from Virginia;Tennessee from North Carolina; and Maine from Massachusetts. Most of the other states have been carved from territories obtained through war or purchase by the U.S. government. One set of exceptions includes Vermont, Texas, and Hawaii: each was an independent republic before joining the union. During theAmerican Civil War, West Virginia broke away from Virginia. The most recent state—Hawaii—achieved statehood on August 21, 1959. The states do not have the right to unilaterally secede from the union.

The states compose the vast bulk of the U.S. land mass; the two other areas considered integral parts of the country are the District of Columbia, the federal district where the capital, Washington, is located; and Palmyra Atoll, an uninhabited but incorporated territory in the Pacific Ocean. The United States also possesses five major overseas territories: Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands in the Caribbean; and American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific. Those born in the major territories (except for American Samoa) possess U.S. citizenship. American citizens residing in the territories have many of the same rights and responsibilities as citizens residing in the states; however, they are generally exempt from federal income tax, may not vote for president, and have only nonvoting representation in the U.S. Congress.

The United States also observes tribal sovereignty of the Native Nations. Though reservations are within state borders, the reservation is a sovereign. While the United States recognizes this sovereignty, other countries may not

 

Ambassador Terence P. McCulley
U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria

Terence McCulley is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister-Counselor.  He was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark from 2008-2010.  Prior to this posting, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Mali from 2005-2008.  From 2004-2005, he worked at the State Department in Washington, helping to coordinate reconstruction efforts in Iraq.  He has been the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Togo, Senegal, and Tunisia and also served as Consul in Mumbai, India.

Joining the Foreign Service in 1985, Mr. McCulley started his career in Niger, followed by assignments in South Africa and Chad.  Returning to Washington in 1993, he worked for two years on Central African affairs.  He is the recipient of four Department of State Superior Honor Awards.

Mr. McCulley was born in Medford, Oregon, and grew up in Eugene, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in European History and French Language and Literature from the University of Oregon.  As a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellow, he studied political science at the Université de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France.  In addition, he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  McCulley is fluent in French.

Married to Renée McCulley, the couple has two sons.

 

NOTE:

  • If your inquiry concerns a nonimmigrant visa case, please send your email toLagosNIV@state.gov
  • If your inquiry concerns an immigrant visa case, please send your email toLagosIV@state.gov.
  • If your inquiry concerns American Citizen Services, please send your email toLagosACS@state.gov.
  • If your inquiry concerns a student visa, please send your email toLagosStudentVisas@state.gov

 

 

U. S. Consulate General, Lagos

 

2, Walter Carrington Crescent
Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Telephone: (234)-1-460-3400
Fax: (234)-1-261-9856

 

Public Affairs Section, Lagos
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, 
Victoria Island, Lagos
Telephone: (234)-1-460-3400
Fax: (234)-1-263-5397
E-mail: uslagos@state.gov

 

Education Advising Section, Lagos
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, 
Victoria Island, Lagos
Telephone: (234)-1-460-3400 
(234)-1-460-3801/3803
E-mail: lagos@educationusa.info

 

Whitney M. Young Information Resource Center
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, 
Victoria Island, Lagos
Telephone: (234)-1-460-3400 
Fax: (234)-1-263-5397
E-mail: wyllagos@state.gov

 

OURS OF OPERATION

Lagos Office
Monday - Friday
7 :30 AM - 4:00 PM
Offices are closed on Nigerian and American holidays

 

Phone (234)-1-460-3400, 460-3600 (ACS only)
Website http://nigeria.usembassy.gov
Address 2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos
Fax (234)-1-261-2218

 

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