Destination United Kingdom: How to get a Uk Visa from Nigeria 2019

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Will you like to travel to the UK for a family vacation, business, work or medical treatment? You will be required to get a UK visa to gain entry. United Kingdom is made up England, Northern Island, Wales and Scotland.

The UK visa eligibility requirement and visa type for each category of travellers will be treated in this post.

Do You Need a Visa to Travel to the UK?

You will information on the countries that require a UK Visa, countries that may be issued visa on arrival and countries that are exempt through the UK Government Offical Website. If you are a citizen of Nigeria, you will be required to get a visa to gain entry into the country.

Where Can I get a UK Visa Application Form?

To get the UK visa application form, there are two authorized UK visa application options available for Nigerian applicants. They include the use of Teleperformance which is an authorized UK visa registration company and the official UK Government website – Visa4UK.

Where Can I Submit my UK Visa Application?

To submit your UK Visa Application, you have to carry out the process and submit online. You also have to ensure that your valid passport and other general and supporting documents required are brought on the day of the scheduled appointment.

Where can I pay for my UK Visa Fees?

To pay for the UK Visa Fees, go to any of the GT Bank branches in the country or make your payment through the GTBank Internet Banking Portal. Ensure you get a teller or print an online receipt after making payment.

How Can I Collect the UK Visa?

To get your UK visa, you will be notified by VFS when your visa is due for collection. You will be required to pick up your visa in person at the visa application centre.

If you are a Nigerian or another national staying in Nigeria, then the UK embassy, Abuja or the UK embassy, Lagos are the centres where you can make inquiries or have your interviews. You can also visit any of the Nigerian Embassies in your country of residence, if you live outside the country.

The General Documents Required for a UK Visa

To obtain a UK Visa, you will be required to have the general documents listed below:

  • International Passport valid for at least 30 days after the expiry of your visa.
  • UK Visa application form.
  • Coloured passport with white background.
  • Proof of payment for UK Visa application fee.
  • Financial Statements and documents showing you can afford to take care of yourself during your stay in the UK.

You will be required to provide original copies of your documents during application. The documents listed cut across all UK visa types but some visas like the family visit visa require additional documents.


Types/ Classes of UK Visa

There are different categories of UK visa, travellers can apply for. The UK visa is required for Nigerians to gain entry into the country.

The different classes of UK Visa travellers can apply for include:

  • Business Visa:

This category of visa is issued to people who are traveling to the UK for business. It is also known as the Tier 1 visa and it takes between 15 to 90 days to process. This visa category is valid for a period of 6 months. It is has 5 different categories which include:


Entrepreneur – This is the visa given to business persons who plan to set up a business in the UK.

Investor – This visa is granted to person’s hoping to invest in the UK.

Graduate Entrepreneur – It is a visa category granted to graduates who possess operational ideas that practicable.

Exceptional Talent – This is the visa categories granted to person’s who have been endorsed from the academic sector.

  • Student Visa:

Also known as the Tier 4 Visa, this category of visa is issued to applicants going to study in the UK. This visa takes about 15 to 90 days to process and is only valid through the duration of your school program. Applicants are required to show proof of admission to a UK University in addition to general visa requirements. In addition to this, the applicant will be required to show proof of possession of resources requires to live and study in the UK.

  • Work Visa:

The UK Work Visa is is called the Tier 2 or Tier 5 Visa. The Tier 2 Visa is issued to persons that offered a skilled job in the UK while the Tier 5 Visa is issued to persons working in a Government Authorized Exchange Program, Religious programs, Charities, Youth Mobility Scheme or Creative and Sporting Programs. In addition to general required documents, you will be required to provide a letter of employment with details of your itinerary and expenses.

It takes between 15 to 90 days to process this visa and it is valid for the period of your work program.

  • Visitor Visa:

This Visa allows the holder stay in the UK for not more than 6 months. To get this Visa, you will be required to submit general documents and a letter of invitation. It takes about 15 to 90 working days to get process this visa.

The Uk Visitors visa is granted to applicants which include;

– Academic visitors

– Special Visitors (people who need private medical treatment)

– Entertainment Visitors

– General Visitors

  • Family Visa:

The family visa is given to persons who plan to visit their relatives in the UK. It takes berween 15 to 90 days to process this visa and it is often granted to a period of 3 – 6 months. Persons who would like to apply for permanent residency to enable them stay with relatives would have to see the process through on arrival to the UK.

How Much does the UK Visa Cost?

The UK visa fees vary based on the categories of visas. Find the below the cost implication for any of the visa category you may be interested in;

Visa Type

Please note that fees may differ based on the visa type. The cost of the visa type may be subject to change without notice.

Business Visa : between 400 – 2000 USD

Family Visa: 2036 USD

Work Visa: between 400 – 2000 USD

Visit Visa: 126 USD

Student Visa: between 120 – 1100 USD

What is the address of the UK Embassies in Nigeria?

UK Embassy, Abuja

Address: British High Commission Abuja, Nigeria. 19 Torrens Close, Off Mississippi Street, Off Shehu Shagari Way (North), Maitama, Abuja.

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: (+234) (9) 462 2200

Fax: (+234) (9) 462 2263


Visa Section:

Dangote House, Aguyi Ironsi Street

Maitama District



Uk Embassy, Lagos

Address: British Deputy High Commission. 11 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

Telephone: +234-1-2770780



Email: [email protected]



  1. Okeke oluchi rosemary

    March 30, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    What are the required documents I need to put in together to apply for a UK visa

  2. Dada Femi

    April 16, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I applied for UK visa sometimes in 2011 and I was denied base on my financial institution denied my account with them, according to the the report from the UK embassy with my financial institution denied I tried to appeal but the embassy never responded to my application. This lead to the closure of my account with the financial institution because I was so angry with them. Is it possible for me to re apply now.

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