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. Sis kemi,kindly tell me the meaning of building society document to be submitted while applying for visiting or tourist visa .Thks

    • Bank statement

  2. Please kindly help,I am a frequent traveller to the UK since 2000,my last last 5yrs visa to the UK i did not use at all,i have also done my biometrics,i which to apply now for visa because i will like to go this summer,can you help me with the process i will follow to achieve that now as i am in lagos

  3. Am 17yrs old boy……I have relative in uk that want to invite me…..can I travel alone?without accompained with anybody to uk?

    • You must be 18 yrs before such person can invite you or else you go through someone or go through student ….

  4. i wanna migrate to uk…i need a guidian to help me out

  5. Pls, am planning to travel to UK for a short stay to visit my wife. After providing the required documents, do i still need to pay the 750 NGN.

  6. Please, we are family of five, my three children, my husband and I, wish to spend our vacation in UK, how many forms do we need to fill, and how much will the visa fee for five of us cost?

  7. Exactly how much is the u.k visa fees and how much is the visa fees for 2years renewal ?

  8. Please leave your comment…pls aunty Kemi, I will be submitting my application next month. I will like to know the visa fee for the visitors visa. Cos am hearing different amount from agents. Thanks and God bless

    • Pls I need info, on how much it ll cost to acquire d whole required document, including work permit or green card.. Cos I wish to migrate there for work..

  9. @Keemite……….please do you also help people get visa….cos i really wanna travel next year February.??

    • Hi Samuel, we don’t process visa, we can only guide you through your application process.

  10. kindly furnish me address that the letter of introduction and letter of invitation will be directed to. in order words, the embassy officer and address these letter will be addressed.

    Thank You.

    • Please leave your comment…pls my grandma invited me to uk for holidays and I ave all my necessary document with me, but I avent fill my visa form is it done online alone ? Or can I aso print it out fill it and submit to the embassy and my letter of introduction who am I to address it to

  11. Please how much will cost an agent to process all this with work and residence permit.

  12. Pls I want to apply for 2 years visa to UK. 2 adults and 2 kids I was told 500+. How true it? Cos I felt the fee for kids and adult should be different. Kindly enlighten me.

  13. Please I want to go and join and live with my wife in the uk. Which aspect of IELTS test I should do. Is it daily life or consortium category.

  14. Please leave your comment…My fiancy is in uk and she want me to join her,how can i go about it?

  15. I just want to have some information regarding visa for my spouse .
    Im British national and my wife is Pakistani national we are Living in Republic of Ireland.
    Does she need a visa to come to uk with me
    For holidays.

    Regards
    Imran Butt

  16. Please when is the next lottery form will be available

  17. @ Ayodeji, if u are submitting @ ikeja d visa fee is higher dan d 1 @ V.I and it wil determine d months or Years u are appying for. @ ikeja nw, apart from the visa fee dey are also charging for user pay. and also is after u av fill d form u can nw pay, payment is made online nt cash or bank transaction like America. so watch b4 giving out ur money to people. @2b5725bc

  18. Please am a Nigerian but my girlfriend is a brits and she’s planning to come over before the year runs out then we going together, but before she comes to nigeria I need to have my vissa ready…

    So please how much is it presently for working visa because am going there to stay and work…

    Tanx alot.. expecting ya reppply

  19. I have submitted my UK application online successfully but would love to change some detailed important information. how do i go about it. please your urgent kind advice is needed. thanks

  20. The site http://www.ge2ng.tpcontact.co.uk/register for registering details on Teleperformance website is not working. It gives “Gateway Timeout” error.

    I have tried many times without success – same error message.

    What is the alternative as it is a requirement to be able to attend the appointment for Biometrics?

  21. Uk VISA APPLICATION SUBMITTED ON 24 JUNE 2015. WHEN WILL THE VISA COMING OUT? IS A VISTORS VISA

  22. if you need a visa to travel to united kingdom gmail us @bigyrussia101

  23. Please aunty Kemi I need more advice from you about UK

  24. How long does it take to process British visa for tourism

  25. How long does take to process tourism visa for london

  26. Hello Oluwakemi Ojo, AM about to apply for uk vacation visa, Do I need to submit a bank statement and payslip together. Or any one of them is enough?

  27. Pls I have issue with online payment. My bank told me my card is OK. Also what is billing address?

  28. Great job. Pls What is billing address?

    • The address registered on your card is your billing address. Which should be the same as the address registered on your account

  29. Please i need this visa how long will it take

  30. Please leave your comment…my uncle just give me an invitation to come and visit him.he is into show biz,he is organinizing an event, that he brings all the sons and daughter of our state in Nigeria that are in UK together.what and what will they require from me at the embassy. pls i need urgent answer.thanks for your anticipation

  31. how can i get the form,how much will it cost me for the family of 2 with minor.thanks

  32. I have completed and submitted applicant and declaration forms for myself, wife and kids, but the visa payment is not going through. I tried severally to pay for the visa but the payment was unsuccessful, sometime it displayed “Sorry, your order is no longer payable, please contact the merchant quoting the reference # GWF………
    Please advice me on what to do to enable book appointment and pay for the visas.

  33. PLEASE CAN I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION, MAKE PAYMENT SAME DAY AND BOOK APPOINTMENT FOR THE BIOMETRIC WITHIN THE NEXT THREE DAYS?

  34. Good day,pls If I want to go and visit my brother there,how can I do the processing.

  35. Please leave your comment…pls my grandma invited me to uk for holidays and I ave all my necessary document with me, but I avent fill my visa form is it done online alone ? Or can I aso print it out fill it and submit to the embassy and my letter of introduction who am I to address it to

    • Please leave your comment…how long does it take to get UK visit visa

  36. please my 5 years uk visas just expired.how much for 5 years renewal now.thanks

    • you ve to re apply and do another processing

  37. Can I go alone without knowing anyone there?

  38. I have been offered admission to study in uk. How much would it cost me to get visa.

    • Depending on the school payment and the visa processing

  39. Nigerian!! haba, una too dey ask annoying questions. after all the explanations on the web page, people still asking crazy and annoying questions, kai!

  40. I wanna go and meet my gf there,I don’t have enough money on me I need a sponsor.God bless u all

  41. Sir, am currently working with Department of state security service based in zamfara state command apply for UK visa but you were denied to upper me a visitor visa with intention to go and spend 10 days out of my annual leave and also my uncle promised to sponsor

  42. Please leave your comment…i wish 2 go 2 uk bt i need know some procedures nd payment before i emerge on it. Pls reply me urgently.

  43. please am planning on traveling to visit my girlfriend in UK so I really like to know how much it cost to apply for UK visa and the necessary documents require here in Nigeria

  44. please ma’am i want to know if the teleperformance charge is compulsry

  45. I said I want to travel to uk to visit a friend and also wrk pls put me tru d procedure

  46. Pls how much is 6 month uk visa

  47. Please leave your comments:, my name is Constance,I want to deliver my baby in London, what are the requirements for me to get visa to travel this year?

  48. Good day!
    My last visit to the UK was in October 2015 and my 5-year Visa has just been expired.
    My question is this: How does my last visit to the UK affect my Visa application this year?
    Regards.

  49. i have a relative in the uk and i want to move ova dere,pls what are the process and how much will it cost me.

  50. Please leave your comment…I want to work dear for some years

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