To get a UK Visa in Nigeria, you have to understand some certain guidelines which encompasses the obtaining of this visa. There are various reasons one may want to visit the UK either for business, tourist, education etc and the the most common UK visa is the Standard Visitor Visa (Tourist Visa).
This visitor’s Visa is normally issued for a short stay of up to 6 months. This visa will allow you to visit friends and loved ones, go on a holiday or vacation, study, conduct business, attend conferences and training programmes, or transit through the country. The requirements for obtaining a UK Visa includes the following:
- A valid international passport with a page that is blank on both sides
- Completed visa application form.
- One passport photograph that is not more than 6 months.
- Proof of finances (e.g. original bank statement that is not older than 3 months)
- Confirmation of accommodation and flight bookings
- A letter of invitation if you are being sponsored by a friend or family member
- Original marriage certificate if you are travelling with your spouse
- Birth certificates for your children if you are travelling together
- Recent payments of utility bills.
UK Visa fee in Nigeria
The cost of getting a Standard Visitor Visa in Nigeria is currently about ₦45,000 although, the UK visa fees are different for each visa category as maybe seen on their website online or at a local embassy. The earliest you can apply for a UK visa is always 3 months before your intended departure date.
The standard visitor Visa is categorized into different types; short-term visa that lasts for up to six months will cost about ₦45,000, Longer-term visa that lasts for up to two years will cost you ₦170,000, Longer-term visa that lasts for up to five years will cost about ₦308,500, Longer-term visa that lasts for up to ten years will cost you ₦386,600. Now visitors in transit that is, people that have a stop over at the country, they have to pay a sum of ₦31,300 for their visa fees.
UK Visa Processing Fee in Nigeria
The Visa application processing can take up to four or six working days. However, some visa applications can also take up to 30 days if some documents are missing or they require special attention because of crime or a history of rejection. Some of the reasons a visa application can be rejected includes;
- Submission of false documents
- The applicant has received a deportation order from the UK before now
- The applicant has a past criminal record and has saved jail time of up to 4 years or more.
- Insufficient funds in the applicants bank account. (200,000 naira and above is the standard approved Bank funds).
- Overstaying a previous visit to the United Kingdom.
- Not complying with all the application requirements
- Lack of a valid international passport or travel documents
- Invalid reason for wanting to visit the United Kingdom
UK Visa Application Types
This visa is for people who are traveling mainly for business reasons. It is known as the Tier 1 visa, this visa application takes between 15 and 90 days to process. Business visas are usually valid for a period of 6 months or lesser duration. It is divided into several categories as follows:
This visa is given to persons who intend to invest in the UK
This visa is given to business persons who intend to set up a business in the UK.
Graduate Entrepreneur visa
This visa is granted to graduates who have operational ideas that are viable and could become big businesses in the UK.
Exceptional Talent visa
This visa is granted to persons who have an exceptional talent and has gotten endorsement from an academic sector.
This type of visa is given to people who have gotten a job to do in the United Kingdom. UK Work Visas can either be Tier 2 or Tier 5, where the Tier 2 visas are issued to persons offered a skilled job in the U.K and the Tier 5 visas are given to individuals working in a Government Authorized Exchange program, Youth Mobility Scheme, Creative or Sporting programs, Charities, and Religious programs.
This visa is valid for the length of the work duration. Work Visas take between 15 to 90 days to process. Apart from the general required documents, you would also need a letter from your employer outlining the reason for your visit, who you will be meeting and details of any payment or expenses.
This is visa is otherwise known as a Tier 4 Visa. Student visas are issued to applicants who are going to the UK to study. Apart from the general visa requirements, student visa applicants have to come with proof of admission to a U.K University and also possess the resources required to live and study in the UK. This visa takes between 15 to 90 days to process and is valid for the period of your school program.
The visa is granted to persons who intend to visit their family and relations in the UK. The visa is often granted for a duration of 3 to 6 months. It usually takes 15 to 90 days to process this visa. Individuals applying for permanent residency to stay with family members would have to see through the process when they arrive in the UK.
This visitor Visa is often granted to persons who need visas that would enable them to stay in the UK for not more than 6 months. Apart from the general required documents, visitors would also need a letter of Invitation from the people or person they are planning on visiting. If you are going to the UK for tourism then you would need to submit your travel itinerary. On the other hand, if you are visiting the UK to receive medical treatment, then you need a letter of recommendation from a doctor or consultant in the UK hospital you intend to visit and the letter must show the following:
- Details of health condition of the applicants.
- Cost and duration of treatment to be received.
- Location of treatment.
It is worthy of note that once your Visa application is rejected or you miss an appointment, the visa fee would not be refunded. Also someone else cannot collect your documents on your behalf, except if you are a government representative, a parent collecting for your child or children.