Are you planning to travel to the United Kingdom soon? If yes, see the step-by-step guide on how to apply for UK Visa from Nigeria.
For many Nigerians, UK is their second home after Nigeria. Perhaps this explains why there are over one million Nigerians in London alone. Nigerians go to the UK mainly to holiday, for shopping, medical reasons, reside and work, and to study. T
he ties between the two countries date back to the colonial era when Nigeria was colonized by UK. Yes, Nigeria gained independence from the British on 1st October, 1960.
So, this explains the visible relationship between the two countries up till today. Furthermore, the UK Metropolitan Police recently announced that anyone who wishes to join it as constables must be able to speak English and a second language (must be bilingual) – one of which is our Nigerian Yoruba language.
Even though this has attracted a lot criticisms across the UK, but it goes to show how much impact Nigerians have made on the country.
So, if you wish learn how to apply for UK visa from Nigeria, this tutorial is a step-by-step guide on how to achieve that. Therefore, you should follow these steps below.
If you wish to learn how to apply for UK visa from Nigeria, there are steps you must have to follow. These steps are summarized as follows: get an International passport, apply online, pay your fee, book an appointment, and attend your appointment. Before going into the steps, let’s look at the common requirements.
- UK Visa application Requirements
- A valid International passport
- A 45mmx35mm passport photograph which must not be older than 6 months since it was taken
- Payment of $141 -$150 which can be done online and it is nonrefundable
- Your copy of the filled online form
- Letter of invitation (If you are going on a holiday)
- Birth certificate of children you are traveling with (if any)
- Utility bills. For example, PHC bills
- Details of flight and hotel bookings
- Statement of account
- Marriage certificate (if applicable to your case)
Get a Nigerian International passport
Before you think of applying for a UK visa, you must have a Nigerian international passport. Therefore, you should visit Nigerian immigration service close to you to get one for yourself. This passport must remain valid for at least 30 days after your intended stay in the UK.
Visit www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk and ensure you read all the conditions for the application. You will create an account and will be able to login with your account details.
You should also know that there are different types of UK visas being issued by the country.
The most popular type of visa is the visitor’s visa, and you have to meet some requirements before you can successfully get one.
Pay the Required Fees
Carefully follow the instructions online on how to pay the stipulated amount for UK visa. You are expected to pay a nonrefundable fee of 141 – 150 US dollars for UK visa and remember that this fee is subject to change from time to time.
Also, you can pay with PayPal, MasterCard, Paga, Visa cards, etc.
After filling the form online, you will be given a GWF number (which helps them to track visas). After this you will receive an email confirming your visa issuance appointment date and location
Book an appointment
You can book an appointment with any UK visa application centers in Abuja and Lagos (Ikeja and Victoria Island).
The purpose of the appointment is for an official of the embassy to interview you and ascertain that you are worthy of going to the UK.
When an appointment has been scheduled, you are expected to come alongside appointment confirmation proof and online application forms, international passport, proof of payment of visa among other things
Attend your appointment
Ensure you are not late to your appointment as this will pass a wrong message about who you really are. Also, this is enough for them to reschedule your appointment
They will take your biometric (fingerprints and snapshots) at the center
Some UK Visa Tips
If you wish you apply for UK visa from Nigeria, it is important you know these tips:
UK Embassy in Nigeria has given Teleperformance Limited the authority to take over management of its visas.
So, you may now register on www.ge2ng.tpcontact.co.uk to apply for a UK visa. This new process started in 2015
If you wish to stay in the UK for long time, you should apply for a Long Term Visa. This allows you to stay in the UK for a long time and it helps to make one a citizen.
This type of visa is harder to get in Nigeria and you should be able to convince the officials what you need one before they consider giving you one – there are always very obvious and genuine reasons for issuance.
Official and diplomats visas are the ones issued to Nigerian government officials and this one is a lot easier to get than the other ones.
Children of 5 years old are required by the Embassy to attend the Visa Application Centre (VAC) and have a normal interview and have their snapshots taken, too
Visa application takes about 6 days to process, but it will take a longer time if you have been rejected earlier or you have a history of crime
A third party cannot collect your documents on your behalf, except a parent who is allowed to collect for his or her child.
When you have met all these requirements, you can now apply for UK visa in Nigeria. Note that it is extremely important you have a genuine reason for intending to apply for this visa because if you do not have one, they can easily disqualify you.
Therefore, it is important you have genuine and/or convincing reasons for planning to travel to the UK.
Many Nigerian applicants tell lies just to get UK visas, but this is not advisable considering that if they find out that your reason for intending to go to UK is not clear or false, you will be disqualified – and you may be forced to apply for another one which will be difficult to approve.
The Embassy is working hard to make the process hassle free by encouraging people who wish to apply for UK visa from Nigeria to do it online instead of visiting the office as well as assigning the management of the process to a commercial partner in order to reduce the bureaucratic bottlenecks involved in the entire process.
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So, now that you’ve learnt how to apply for UK visa from Nigeria, why not try it right away?!
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