UK Visa Requirements For Nigerian Citizens And Application

UK Visa Requirements For Nigerian citizens And Application – How To Apply For a UK Visa From Nigeria

In this post, we will show you UK visa requirements for Nigerian citizens and how to apply for a UK visa from Nigeria. The UK visa process takes little or no time to complete. However, the most complex part is the total amount you need to spend against the available fund.

The United Kingdom (UK) is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. So, it is an island nation in northwestern Europe. Every year, the UK receives about 30,000 travelers. It is one of the top destinations for tourists.

First of all, before we show you how to apply for a UK visa from Nigeria, using Ben’s case as an example, see below the general requirements you need to prepare when you are applying for a UK visa from Nigeria.

UK VISA ISSUED IN NIGERIA
UK VISA ISSUED IN NIGERIA

Documents Required for a UK Visa in Nigeria

Here is the list of UK visa requirements for Nigerian citizens.

  1. Leave Approval. Firstly, you need to get leave approval from work to show as proof of employment
  2. Passport. A passport that is valid for at least 6 months is essential.
  3. Bank statement. Request for a six-month bank statement from your bank. If you own a corporate account, request for its statement and reference letter too.
  4. Tax. Get a copy of your tax ready (if available) for your application.
  5. Payslip. You need to request for a 4-month payslip from your employer.
  6. CAC. If you are self-employed, your business registration document (CAC) is required for a UK visa application. So, you will skip the 5 above.
  7. Introduction Letter. A letter from your company is mandatory. Ask them to input your details as they are on your passport, your role in the company, your annual salary, and your purpose of visit. It must be addressed to the UK Embassy.
  8. Invitation Letter. Request an invitation letter from your host if invited. Your host must include your details, their name, passport number, status in the UK, the purpose of the visit, the relationship, and duration of stay.
  9. Utility Bills. Host’s utility bills should be included in your application if s/he intends to accommodate you during your stay in the UK.
  10. Host’s documents. Request for the host’s work details and bank statements if they intend to pay part of your expenses in the UK.
  11. Data Page or Permit. Also, your host must send a copy of the data page or resident permit.
  12. Accommodation. Lastly, you will have to provide proof of accommodation for the duration of stay. If your host intends to accommodate you, then their utility bill is essential. For a tourist, a hotel reservation is compulsory.
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Documents required for uk visa in Nigeria
Documents required for a UK-visa in Nigeria

How To Apply For a UK Visa from Nigeria – Online Process

In order to transmit your application, you must follow this step by step process. So, here is how to apply for a UK visa from Nigeria.

  • Firstly, visit the UK official website at GOV.UK, to create a user account.
  • Click on the Visa and Immigration link and;
  • Click on the Visit the UK link.
  • Select Standard Visitor Visa. Standard Visitor visa covers for leisure (holiday or to see your family and friends), business (take part in sports, conference or creative events), and other reasons like private medical treatment.
  • You must fill out the application. Ensure you input a valid email address where a link to your application can be sent to, in case you need to continue at a later time.
  • Pay the visa fee ($137 for a 6 month UK visa. It is subject to change). You need to acknowledge the information you have put in so far so that you can proceed to the payment section.
  • Finally, when you make the payment, it redirects to the TLSContact portal where you can book an appointment for biometric. In the drop-down menu, select where you prefer to take your biometric. You have 3 options, Abuja, Ikeja, and Victoria Island. Once you have chosen a location, you cannot undo this process again. Please note that Victoria Island center is more expensive due to tax and other associated costs.

Please note that when selecting appointment dates, do not select 9 am and 12 am as they are reserved for prime time (24hr) applicants, except you want the service. So when you get an appointment date sends to you via email, you must print it out, and download a checklist that is available to you on the portal.

Let’s show you how to apply for a UK visa from Nigeria by illustration so that you can get a better understanding it.

In most cases, applicants get denied based on the available fund which does not tally with their income.

United Kingdom Visa Application Process
The United Kingdom Visa Application Process

Example – UK Visa Application In Nigeria 

Let’s give some examples here. Ben receives N224,051 as a monthly take-home (net pay after-tax). He only spends 54,000 on food, rent, and transportation every month. So we assume Ben is still single and has no dependents. In total, it means Ben is left with N170,051 as savings (that’s big for savings). Ben has no investment, he just puts in his money on his savings account, that’s all!

Ben considers flight fare (return ticket), hotel price for the duration of stay (in case John does not provide accommodation), money for shopping/sightseeing so that he can get his budget right.

Breakdown/Budget for UK Visit Visa in Nigeria

Ben gets an invitation from his long time friend in the UK, John. John is a British citizen and works in the UK. So it’s time for Ben to apply for a UK visa so that he can visit John during his leave days. So what does he need to do?

We showed you how to apply for a UK Visa from Nigeria and listed the UK-visa requirements in Nigeria.

Back to Ben’s. The first thing for Ben is to check his savings and match it with the fund available for your trip. But he needs to be sure his budget doesn’t go beyond half of his savings.

Ben gets N224,051 as salary, every month. He spends N50,000 out of his salary on food, rent, and other things. He saves what is left (170,051) in his savings account. So, in a year, Ben would have saved N2,040,612.

Here is Ben’s breakdown for his UK trip. Air ticket goes for 378, 712 (three hundred and seventy-eight thousand, seven hundred and twelve Naira). A Room for five days costs 154,200 (one hundred and fifty-four thousand and two hundred Naira), while shopping and sightseeing take 78, 500 (seventy-eight thousand, five hundred naira), therefore he must spend at least N611,412 for this trip.

So, In total, Ben’s available fund/budget for this trip is N611,412. In the same vein, he will spend 611,412 out of 2,040,612 in his savings account, which is reasonable enough and safe. Likewise, his budget for the trip is less than half his savings – good job! Your rating before the visa officer is perhaps 95% if you go by this breakdown. There is no stopping you, except the officer thinks otherwise.

How To Apply For United Kingdom Application
How To Apply For United Kingdom Application

UK Submission Process In Nigeria

The next step for Ben is to gather his supporting documents for his UK trip and put in for his UK visa application in Nigeria. What requirements does he need to prepare so he can visit his friend in the UK? We showed you how to apply for a United Kingdom visa from Nigeria, and the list of documents required for a UK visa application in Nigeria.

The next step is to submit your UK visa application in Nigeria after you have gathered your supporting documents. Ensure you meet the UK-visa requirements in Nigeria before submission.

If you need to visit the UK for business, you only replace the host details with your business partner/conference/organizers’ invitation. Similarly, for applicants who intend to visit the UK for tourism (no invitation), just replace the host details with your hotel reservation and you are good to go! Foreigners in Nigeria who need to put in for UK visa applications in Nigeria must possess a valid CERPAC (resident permit).

Where do you submit your UK visa application in Nigeria and what to print out? We will answer all of this.

UK VISA APPOINTMENT BOOKING

Now, you have 2 options when booking for appointments. You either select Self Service or Assisted Service.

Self-service gives you the freedom to upload your documents online yourself, so long you can make digital copies of supporting documents.

Assisted Service comes with a fee (about N11,000). When you are opt-in for Assisted Service, the upload button will not be available for document upload. The upload process can only be done by officers at the TLSContact centre. So, be sure the option to choose before proceeding.

Finally, you must go for biometric and submission on the date you chose while booking your appointment at TLSContact Centre. You can reschedule your appointment a day before your assigned date.

United Kingdom Application Process
The United Kingdom

What You Need To Bring To The UK Submission Centre

  • Your original International passport (You may opt-in for a Keep My Passport service if you do not want to submit your passport)
  • Checklist form
  • Appointment confirmation (automatically sends to your email)
  • Receipt of payment of visa fees and any other associated fees
  • Your supporting documents as listed above (you do not need to bring your documents to the submission center if you have uploaded them online using the self-service option. In this case, you come with confirmation of document submission).

Processing time takes 3 weeks after submission. You will be notified via email/SMS when it is ready for collection. However, your application may get a longer processing time if they are trying to go deeper regarding your UK-visa requirements in Nigeria. So they may send a mail to you to notify you of this change.

UK VISA FEES IN NIGERIA

Here is the list of visa fees in Nigeria. Please note that the UK visa fees are subject to change.
TypesPrice
6 Month UK Visa$137
2 Years UK Visa$520
5 Years UK Visa$944
10 Years UK Visa$1184
UK Student Visa£348

UK Visa fees are subject to change without prior notice.

UK Visa Application Centres in Nigeria

Victoria Island: Ground Floor, Ivie House, 4/6 Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

Ikeja: Ground & First Floors, Etiebets Place, 21 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Lagos.

Abuja: Third floor, El-Yakub Building (beside Metro Plaza), Plot 1129 Zakariya Maimalari Street, Central Business District.

You do not need to visit the UK embassy for submission and collection. In case you need their address for your application, use the details below. Like I pointed out earlier, you must meet the UK-visa requirements in Nigeria before you attempt to apply.

British Deputy High Commission, Lagos
11 Walter Carrington Crescent.

British High Commission, Abuja
Plot 1137, Diplomatic Drive, Central Business District

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UK Visa Requirements In Nigeria
UK Visa From Nigeria

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  1. I HAVE ACTUALLY APPLIED ONCE AND WAS DENIED A UK VISA ON THE GROUND THAT I DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO MY OWN ACCOUNT. I WONDER WHAT THEY MEANT BY THAT.

    • Hello Bunmi,

      Did you submit a corporate account? If you did then it could be that you missed to include a reference letter from your bank.

  2. I have four months plus unexpired unexpired international passport. I have a current Canadian visa on it. I have visited USA and Canada. I am a director of Lands in Delta state civil service. Am I disqualified to apply for UK visa because I do not have up to minimum of 0six months unexpired passport?

    • I will advise you get a new passport before you apply for a UK Visa, as the least validity issued by the uk is a 6 month uk visa.

    • Hello Sir, thanks for the opportunity. I’m not legally marry but can I use common law and secondly can I submit my receipt and sale of land agreement. Thanks

  3. I have #900,000 presently in my account.
    I earned #58,639 net payment after tax monthly. I also received bonus monthly to the tune of #64,000 and above.At times #200,000 monthly or less.
    Considering the above, is there guarantee that if l apply for UK tourist visa, it will be granted to me?

    • From the look of things, especially this pandemic period and the compulsory 14 day quarantine in the uk for all visitors, the amount you would need to spend for the duration of stay may exceed 1/2 of your balance. I will advise you build your balance to at least 1.5m before you apply for a UK Visa.

  4. Hi, I am currently serving as a Youth corper. But I want to travel to the UK on vacation for two weeks. I have 600k in my account from business. Is it likely I will get a visa?

  5. Hi, I recently finished my Bachelors degree in Law at a Nigerian University and i am desirous of pursuing a Masters Degree at a UK university. How do I apply for a study visa that also allows me work while studying?

  6. Hi, I m currently looking for how to get information on skill acquisition centre in Uk for youth of town, is there a way I can apply for 20 youths at once. Our community wants to sponsor them.
    Secondly, do they need their personal account considering the fact community are the one sponsoring them.?

    • You can look up skill acquisition in the UK to get some. They also need to submit their own bank statements, besides the sponsor’s account.

  7. Hi can I get a visa for two years n work there?let’s say I’m also travelling with my wife n kids or famiy member.will I be given a work permit visa?

    • You cannot relocate to the UK with this type of visa. There are some job offers you may need to apply for and when you pass their tests, you would be required to come to the UK as a skilled worker. You are always required to gain a job offer with sponsorship from an employer in the UK first. Better still, you can apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa without sponsorship.

  8. I am from Edo State I want to travel to UK I have 800k in my account I work as a plumber I don’t know if I apply for it, if I can get the visa?

  9. Currently am not in Nigeria but december i want to come back to Nigeria register my business and open acct ,so my questions is can they accept business name and acct of one month
    Note i have atleast 7M ,i want to apply for business visa.

    • It is advisable to apply with your personal account so long you can explain how you earn your income. They will accept your business name, regardless of the age.

  10. Aside statement. What are the other reasons for denial of UK Visa.

    Second question… How much should build an account before traveling (minimum). First time application

  11. My name is Ayoola Tosin am workin in Dubai with salary of 300,000 and I have 3,000000 in my Nigeria accaunt and I whant to travel to uk for my vacation

    • You can apply with your Nigerian account. Please ensure you have a permit in Dubai and request for introduction letter and payslip from your employer.

    • You are always required to gain a job offer with sponsorship from an employer in the UK first. Better still, you can apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa without sponsorship.

  12. Good day
    Please I want to relocate to the UK, I have my NIGERIA passport and reason I want to travel is for greener pastures duration of 5years what and what do I need to do or required documents needed and how will I get a job over there in the UK ??

    • You cannot relocate to the UK with this type of visa. There are some job offers you may need to apply for and when you pass their tests, you would be required to come to the UK as a skilled worker. You are always required to gain a job offer with sponsorship from an employer in the UK first. Better still, you can apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa without sponsorship.

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