How to apply for a UK visa in Nigeria
If you want to travel to the UK to study, work, visit or join your family from Nigeria, you will need to apply for a UK Visa. There are various types of UK Visa based on where the applicant is coming from, why the applicant wants to come to the UK, how long the applicant wants to stay for, and the applicant’s circumstances and skills.
In this article i will take you through the steps and requirements for Nigerian citizens to apply for a UK visa from Nigeria.
Step 1: Choose the type of UK visa based on your traveling purpose
First visit the “visas and immigration” portal on the Gov.UK website to choose the type of UK visa that fit your traveling purpose. Below are the traveling purposes and the visa types:
1. For work or business
All remember that to work or do business in the UK from Nigeria, you will need to apply for a UK visa. The type of UK visa you will need to apply for in this category depends on your circumstance.
Skilled Worker Visa: You can apply for this if you have been offered a skilled job in the UK, a job in the public sector health or a role in your employer’s UK branch, etc.
International Agreement Visa: This visa is suitable for you only if you are doing a work covered by International law while in the UK.
Startup Visa: This visa is suitable if you’re planning on starting a business for the first time in the UK.
Temporary Worker Visa: This is suitable when you want to work in the UK for a short time, maybe for sports, arts, and entertainment, etc.
As a Nigerian planning to go UK for master or for college, you will need a visa to study in the UK, and the type of visa varies. Check out the type of visa available for study below;
Student visa: For students who want to enrol to study on a further or higher education course in UK.
Child Student visa: If you’re aged 4 to 17 and going to the UK to study at an independent school.
Study English in the UK (Short-term study visa): If you’re studying on an English language course for up to 6 or 11 months.
Note: If you’re still not sure where you want to study in the UK, you will have to decide before you can start your student visa application process. After being accepted at a university, you’ll get an acceptance letter required for the visa application.
STEP 2: How to make an online UK visa application
Most UK visas are applied and paid for online on the Gov.UK website or you can apply for a student visa at the UK embassy. The UK online visa application form isn’t a ‘form’ as such, but rather a series of questions that you’ll be asked to complete. Ensure that you fill the application form with accurate and precise details.
After you have filled out the application form on the website, you will need to pay for the Visa application. There is a fee for each visa. The fee depends on which visa you apply for.
Documents Required for a UK Visa in Nigeria
Here is the list of UK visa requirements for Nigerian citizens.
- Leave Approval: This means you need to get leave approval from where you work in Nigeria to show as proof of employment
- Passport: A valid passport for at least 6 months is essential.
- Bank statement: Request for a six-month bank statement from your bank.
- 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.
- Tax: Get a copy of your tax ready (if available) for your application.
- Payslip: You need to request for a 4-month payslip from your employer.
- 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.
- 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.
- Utility Bills: Your host’s utility bills should be included in your application if s/he intends to accommodate you during your stay in the UK.
- 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.
- Data Page or Permit: This your host must send a copy of the data page or resident permit.
- Accommodation: 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.