I have traveled to several nations namely :

  • Rwanda
  • Togo
  • Benin Rep
  • Cameroon
  • Uzbekistan

I have a job at a US firm: my salary is $3000 / month and I work remotely.

Is this a good standing to get a United States tourist visa at this point?

  • Working remotely for a US firm? Good luck with that.
    – littleadv
    Jun 13 at 9:11
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    You can't possibly work for a US firm remotely. You might be a contractor but you can't work for them. You need to sort this out with yourself.
    – chx
    Jun 13 at 17:11
  • Have you seen the movie Borat? In it, all the world's troubles are blamed on Uzbeks... Jun 14 at 0:44
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    Can you confirm exactly who/where you work for? i.e. I work 'for' a US firm in the sense that the HQ is located in the US, but my actual employer (i.e. as per my pay cheques, tax responsibilities, etc) is the local/subsidiary HQ situated in my country of residence. This has applied all three times I've worked for US-headquartered organizations.
    – Alan White
    Jun 14 at 14:20
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    @Dmitry Borat's character was Kazakh but never missed an opportunity to blame Uzbekistan for everything. It was a running joke in the first movie. Also, Lily from AT&T is Uzbek. Jun 14 at 18:40

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Your chances to get a US tourism visa is a matter of opinion, and opinions are off-topic for this site. Still, two aspects of your application are troublesome; both suggest that your application for a US tourism visa will not be approved.

First, your travel history is mostly to close-by (Uzbekistan is the exception) and easier-to-enter countries. The visa examiner won't be impressed by this travel history. Your travel history would be improved if you show travel to (and return from) countries where entry difficulty is mid-level: Turkey, South Africa, Singapore, Thailand, et al. What would really impress is travel to (and timely return from) a country or countries that are hard to enter: the UK, Canada, Ireland, a country in the EU, Australia, New Zealand.

Second, having a remote US job, as @littleadv correctly points out in comments, is a big problem. Remember that US immigration law requires the visa examiner to presume that you intend to immigrate to the US and remain in the US; it is up to the applicant to disprove that presumption. Having a US employer provides motivation to stay in the US, not to return to your home country after the trip.

In other words, a remote US job doesn't provide a home-country tie. Home-country ties are things that suggest you'll want to return to Nigeria after your trip. Close family, children, property, a good job in the home country all would make your application more appealing.

  • Ah, i think i get it now. in the space of Midlevel, Does Morocco fall in this place? I plan on visiting Morocco and staying a week. Kindly let me know.
    – Yanniz
    Jun 13 at 16:37
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    Perhaps it does. Morocco requires visiting Nigerians to apply for and receive a visa, so there's at least some obstacles in traveling there. Good luck! Jun 13 at 16:54
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    If, on the other hand, OP is actually working for a Nigerian subsidiary of a US firm (probably more likely than "working for a US firm remotely"), that in my opinion would be a positive. Not only do they have a job to return to in Nigeria, but they have a legitimate business reason to visit the US.
    – abligh
    Jun 14 at 5:24
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    @abligh: would "legitimate business reasons" really count towards a tourist visa? (Honest question, I'm not familiar with the distinctions and limitations in the non-VWP/ESTA case.) Jun 14 at 9:59
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    @UlrichSchwarz Some "business activities" can legally be done by travelers entering on a US tourist visa. However, the distinction between "permitted" and "not permitted" is challenging to parse; using the wrong word or phrase or concept to the CBP officer can easily result in a refusal of entry. Jun 14 at 14:27

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