Visa Information: How to Apply For UK Visa in Nigeria

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If you are planning to travel to the United Kingdom for education, tourism, business or to reside and work, and you do not know how to get your visa, do not worry any longer because we are providing you detailed information that will make your visa processing very easy. We are experienced in this area and would love to share our vast knowledge with you.

There are things that are required from you before you can apply for a UK visa, the first thing that you need is a valid Nigerian Immigration passport that should be valid for at least 30 days after the intended stay in UK. You can easily apply for your immigration passport online or at the nearest Immigration office in any state in Nigeria.

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There are different types of UK visa; immigrants who want to travel to any of the cities in UK and stay for an extended period should apply for the Long Term Visa. You are expected to provide a genuine reason for your long term stay in UK.

The most common UK type of visa is the Visitor’s or Tourist Visa. The Visitor’s visa is issued for a short stay in the UK. The purpose for this visa is to visit friends and loved ones, holiday or vacation, study, business, training, attend conference and transit visa – this is gotten when you are passing through the United Kingdom.
There are short term visas that are issued to Government officials called the Official and Diplomatic Visas. The Student Visa is issued to students who wish to study in any part of UK for a long period of time that can last up to three years.

Visa Requirements

  • A valid travel passport( ECOWAS passport)
  • Application Form – The UK visa form has to be filled online
  • One passport sized colour photograph on white background. This must not be more than 6 months old (45mmx35mm wide)
  • Visa Fee
  • Evidence of permission to be in UK if you are not a national of the Nigeria. E.g visa, green card, residence permit etc.
  • Photocopy of passport data page
  • Letter of Invitation
  • Financial proof, original bank statement ( at least 6 months)
  • Birth certificate for children travelling with parents.
  • Applicant travelling on an official business should attach a letter of invitation/confirmation of training/conference, with full details of the Company’s Authorized representative; physical address and phone numbers.
  • Supporting letter from sponsor/friend
  • Utility bills
  • Details of hotel/flight bookings
  • Marriage certificate if applicable

Visit the UK Immigration visa requirements for more information.

How to Apply for UK Visa

Step 1: You can apply for your UK visa at Teleperformance – UK Application Centers in Lagos or Abuja. This company works in partnership with the UK Government for visas and immigration in Nigeria makes visa application simple and fast if you provide all the required documents.

Step 2: Visit the UK Immigration and visa website to find out the type of visa you should apply for. The UK Visa fee varies; see the application fees for different categories under the type of visa you want. However, for general visitor short term visa, the visa application fee is 141 US Dollars. From the UK Visa and Immigration website, you will find out about your application fee and also book your appointment with UK Visa Application Centre.

Step 3: After you have filled the form online, you will be given the GWF number, you should take note of this number because you will need it later. You will also receive an email confirming the your appointment date, the location and the required documents to take along.

Step 4: You will need to register your details on Teleperformance website, after you have booked your appointment. If you don’t register, you will not be allowed to attend your appointment. You can also track your application on Teleperformance website after you have registered.

Step 5: To attend your appointment at UK Visa Application Centre, you are required to bring along the following:

  • Printed copies of your online application form and appointment confirmation
  • Your passport and other required documents.

There is a gradual process after payment of your visa fees; Your photo and fingerprints – biometrics will be done at the Application Centre. After this has been done, your visa fee will no longer be refundable.

Don’t be late for your appointment. Make sure you arrive at the date and time stated on your confirmation email. If you are late, your application process may be delayed as you will have to rebook your appointment.

According to Teleperformance website; “Due to global changes in the way visa application are processed, children under 5 years old are now required to attend the Visa Application Centre to complete the application process. It is now mandatory for them to have their photo taken at the VAC. These changes do not affect applications that have already been submitted.”

Visit here for detailed information on how to apply for visa with UK Visa and Immigration.

Application Submission

Applicants can submit their ECOWAS passports and application requirements on Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m except on public holidays in Lagos and Abuja UK Application Center.

Visa Processing

Visa application processing can take within four to six working days. However, some visa applications can take more time especially those that have special attention in crime or history of rejection.

Collection

Collection time is between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Except for Public Holidays) from Monday to Friday. You are expected to come with your application checklist, original photographic ID and a photocopy of biodata page of passport. You will be alerted through an SMS when your application has been sent to the UK Embassy on the submission day and you will be alerted for collection when your passport arrives back to the UK Application Center. You can also track your application online on Teleperformance website.

Note: Third party can not collect your documents on your behalf, except you are a government representative, a parent collect for your child or children or you are collecting on behalf of your family if you applied together.

UK Visa Application Center Addresses

UK Visa Application Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos
1st Floor, Churchgate Tower 2
Plot PC31 Churchgate Street, Victoria Island, Lagos

UK Visa Application Centre in Ikeja, Lagos
TLS Contact Processing Services Ltd.
Etiebets Place, 21 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way
Ikeja, Lagos

UK Visa Application Centre, Abuja.
TLS Contact Processing Services Ltd.
3rd floor El Yakub Plaza, Plot 1129
Zakariya Maimalari street, opp war college
Central Business Area, Abuja

UK Government for Visas & Immigration British High Commission, Lagos
Dangote House, Aguyi Ironsi Street Maitama District, Abuja

UK Government for Visas & Immigration British Deputy High Commission, Abuja
11 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos

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If you have any questions about how to apply for UK Visa, please let us know in the comment box below.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. @Kemi, you are doing a great job. Well done.

  2. Goodmorning oluwakemi, please I need to know the process to follow to get a copy of my refusal letter in 2011 to enable me claim my part payment of the school. I need urgent reply please Ms kemi. Uk embassy.

  3. Hi Kemi,
    Quick question: How much exactly is the Visa application fee for a 5 year Family Visitor Visa, and can the payment be made at the application centre or must it be made online?
    Thank you.

    • Hi Oluwatoyin,

      Payments are online now and cannot be made at the application center. Fees for family visitor Visa is $849 for up to 5 years. Please note that this fee will increase as from April. I hope this helps. Goodluck

  4. I understand that the UK Immigration will be collecting health surcharge from non EA applicants travelling to Uk or more than six months from April 6 2015 in addition to visa fees (also to be increased from April 6, 2015). How much is this health surcharge? At what point are you required to pay it, during application or when visa has been given? If during application, will it be refunded if application is refused? Urgent information is needed on the above

    Kemi, i commend you for the good job you are doing. Cheers…

  5. Nice going an Thnks for this post. Pls I’ll like to know; when filling a business visitor visa application form (UK), where I’m asked how much I think the trip will cost, what currency should the amount be? GBP or NGN?

  6. Please leave your comment…My husband and my 7year old son have a british passport but i don’t,we all want to travel to uk by july for a visit but my son will be enrol in school in the uk.Pls what are the requirements i need to go with besides i aapplied last year and i was refused due to some documents.Though i wanted to travel with my son alone but my husband decided that we should all go together.Thanks in advance for your expert advice.

  7. what can i do to my application, after confirmed my application then i realised have made mistake in answering some questions with my family application, can i still correct my application?

  8. Hi kemi,do i have to appear at d embbasey for my interview or DHL my document?

  9. Hi oluwatoyi.
    If applying for a dependent visa,do my sponsor need to have a stipulated amount in d bank for bank statement. If yes, like how much. Thank u

  10. I want to make enquiry about family visitor visa to uk,cost and guidelines.

  11. Please am still waiting for your reply thanks

    • Hi Taiwo, How can I help you?

  12. I applied for UK visa 2 year ago i was band 5 to ten year I used a false document and I want to re apply want can I do because am expecting invitation letter from my brother for UK this mouth

    • Hi Taiwo, you will need to appeal before you can start another application process.

  13. Hi Kemi, Kindly let me know how much it cost for a 2yr visa application an d5 years, for a family visitor visa.
    Prompt response will be appreciated.

  14. Please what do I do, I am finding it difficult in paying the visa fee online, can someone assist me. I appreciate

    • Hi, register an account with mypaga.com and transfer the required fund from your bank account into mypaga company account number on their website. You will notify them of payment using the notification channel o you registered account with paga. It takes some hours for your account with my paga to be credited. Once your account s credited, you’ll then go to your visa application page and initiate the payment.

      Select pay with paga and not paga verve. It will request for your paga user name and password. I used this process today to make payment.

      I will suggest you make another application. I did the same too

      I will have you know it took me so many days and several Mastercard before eventually using the medium stated above. I even got someone who charged ne N3k to help do the pyt without success.

  15. Hi Kemi. Pls I want to find out which medium is proper to receive invitation letter from UK (Fax, E-mail, courier or post)? I have about a week to apply for visa (general visitor’s visa). Many thanks

    • I received mine by e- mail and was not refused.

  16. Good day oluwatoyim, pls i am trying to get a UK visa for my daughter of 8yrs but don’t know the right link to log in. Pls kindly help send d link.the previous one am using asking for employment details , since i don’t have information forthat s not submitting it. She is just 8yrs i want to be there latest by July.

  17. quick question…please what are the requirements for fast track visa processing (business visitor).

  18. Pls Aunty, I hv a serious issue and dnt knw wot to do. I applied for visiting visa in some yrs back with 30yrs as age and dey didn’t grant me visa but I was told to appeal and add more document which I did but now I hv changed d passport to d real age gng to 31 now. Pls can I reapply with my new passport for another visa? Pls wot can I do? Pls I need ur express feedback. Thankz

  19. Pls Aunty, can u send ur phone number to my mail? I hv sometin to discuss with u pls. Thanks

  20. hi I what to no how much it will cost me if I what my document back by post.

    • About 9.25 pounds.

  21. I asked some questions on 3rd April but i did not a feedback. Pls respond. Thank you

  22. Quick answer pls: how much is the application fee for visa for a family visiting another family for holiday within a period of two weeks

  23. I want to relocate to the UK with three of my kids to join my sister who has been there for many years. Could you kindly advise me on what steps I need to take regarding the process of applying and successfully getting a visa?

  24. please how much would i need to get a short term visa?

  25. hello, please i am planning a vacation with my family for December 2015, can i start my visa application now?

  26. Dear am, please I want to apply for my 2 years family visa and I will be staying for 2 weeks do I need to pay any health surcharge

  27. My Uncles resides in the UK and has a British Red Passport, and wants to invite me, I am a student here in Nigeria and i want visit UK for only 6weeks, pls what are the things i need to arrange to be qualified?

  28. What is the step taking when one want to apply for UK Visa and what are the requirements. What is the British in Nigeria for Visa application forms? Thanks u.

  29. Hi Kemi. Pls I just want to know if after losing my first passport (which was still virgin after it expired years ago) to state in my application form that the current one is my first? I cant remember the details of that expired virgin passport anymore. Lastly, I live in a family house, so what can I tender as utility bills for my application – if necessary? Many thanks

    • There are some questions for you, have you every used the passport for a UK Visa application?

  30. Thank you. I want to travel to the UK for biz. Is it compulsory to get an invitation letter. If yes, from who? Does it mean that if I don’t know someone in the UK, I cannot travel?

    • If you are going for business, the company you are transacting with in the UK can send you a letter of invitation. If it’s a conference, they are also meant to send you a letter showing you are registered to attend the conference. But if it’s just for tourism purposes, all you need is your hotel booking and reservation.

  31. Morning,
    Is it Dropbox for renewal of ukVisas? Need to renew Visas for my kids and I, must the kids be present as their Biometrics were captured in 2013.

    Pls advise as they have Gone back to school.

    Thanks

  32. oh and hi kemi

  33. UK Visitor Visa please

  34. pls aunty i want you to enlight me.how much will it cost me if i want to live and work in united kingdom.quick response please

  35. Pls sister am 17yrs old…..am going on a visit to uk this year…do I. Need to do a medical report for 6month visa?seens is not more than six month….and also what are the requirement for visiting letter?am just 17yrs old underage…

    • Are you being invited by a family? If it’s just 6months, you do not need a medical report.

  36. HI KEMI HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR VISA ASSISTANCE CONSULTING AND WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE / ADVISE . KINDLY SEND MAIL

  37. Please all I want to know I want to go for business what and what do I need that is all

  38. I need to write an invitation letter for my friend to come and visit me in england. What information needs to be in this letter?

  39. I was refused just because I didn’t put my business registration certificate,that no any company existence that the business is real,immediately they refused me I did visa review but the outcome was that I should get the company registration certificate but now I have collected it and will soon apply,would they grant me visiting visa if I apply?

  40. i want to pay for visa in nigeria and they are asking for post code on the payment plateform. What do I do.

  41. Hello Sis Oluwakemi,
    Thanks for all the info. Please can you tell me by email, how much I need to have in my bank account before applying for a Uk and US visa. I’ve been to China(Nov, 2009) once and got a new passport just last year. Do I still need to travel to another country prior to my application for (tourist) visa at these embass?
    Thanks.
    Ify.

  42. Hi kemi ,

    I am having difficulties filling the forms on-line and i need assistance can you be of help ?? Please kindly get back to me

    Thanks

  43. Kindly brief me what it will take a family of 3 children including father and mother.(age range 5 below) to travel to UK for holiday and for how long would the process take including cost?Regards while I awaits your response.

  44. I have already gotten my general visitor’s visa. Would it be an offense to travel earlier than the date proposed in my sponsor’s invitation letter to the embassy? Thanks

  45. what requirement did i need for conference visa application and did i still need to book appointment. Thks

  46. Want to go sometime in September and now we are in May. What is the latest time that one can apply, please

  47. Please in the course of filling my visa type i clicked 6months instead of 5YRS,how do i make this change,i discovered when i was about paying…thanks

  48. Forgot my Mother’s date of birth as was filled in earlier application, can this disqualify an application on UK non immigrant visa.

    Thank you.

  49. I want to pay for a 6 month Business Visitor UK visa and I am informed that the total is $225, $133 for Visa application and $92 for User Pay Service. What does User Pay Service mean? Is it optional or compulsory?

  50. I’m a civil servant ,and I want to apply for uk visiting visa.What are the requirements ?

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