UK Visa – How to Apply for a UK Visa, Requirements

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The United Kingdom, consisting of England, Scotland, Whales and Northern Ireland, is on the continent of Europe. British English is the official lingua franca. Do you want to travel to the UK for work, visit, vacation or business? Then you must know that you need a UK visa as well as a valid International passport before you can be granted entry into the Country.
UK visa eligibility entails certain requirement, all these and many more will we be covering in this blog post, as we assure you of having a seamless journey to the UK if you follow through with our guide. Also worthy of note is the fact that you have to be absolutely sure of the visa type that you are applying for because you’ll be granted entry into the Country for the duration of your visa application. Feel free to drop your comments and questions in the comment section, as we take you through on all you need to know.

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What are the UK Visa types?

uk passportGetting a UK visa is a prerequisite to traveling to most countries. A visa is needed by a foreigner to travel to the United Kingdom. Citizens of countries under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) may travel without a visa but would need to present an electronic visa waiver (EVW). Their duration is 180 days (6 months). However, for foreigners whose countries do not qualify for the VWP, they need to obtain a visa that is in line with the purpose you are traveling for.

The types of UK visas include:

1. Tier 1 Visa

This is divided into five categories as follows:

    • General- This is no longer available to new applicants.
    • Investor – This visa is given to persons who intend to invest in the U.k.
    • Entrepreneur- This visa is given to business persons who intend to set up a business in the UK.
    • Graduate Entrepreneur- This visa is granted to graduates who have operational ideas that are viable.
    • Exceptional Talent- This visa is granted to persons who have an endorsement from an academic sector.

2. Tier 2 Visa

This UK visa type is issued to persons offered a skilled job in the U.K. It is also regarded as a “Work Visa”.

3. Tier 4 Visa

This is a “student visa” issued to applicants with proof of admission to a U.K University and also possess the resources required to live and study in the UK.

4. Tier 5 Visa

The Tier 5 visa is also a work visa, and it is issued to different individuals who fall under the following categories:

    • Government Authorized Exchange
    • Youth Mobility Scheme
    • Creating Sporting Visas
    • Charity Workers
    • Religious Workers; and
    • By International agreement.

5. UK Family Visa

The visa is granted to persons who intend to visit their relations in the UK for a while.It is often granted for a duration of 3 – 6 months. Individuals applying for permanent residency to stay with family members would have to see through the process when they arrive in the UK.

6. UK Visitor Visa

Often granted to persons who need visas that would enable them to stay in the UK  for not more than 6 months. UK visitors visa can be granted to the applicants seeking to be the following:

  • General visitors
  • Academic visitors
  • Entertainment visitors
  • Special visitors (Visitors for private medical treatment).

And a host of others.

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What are the Documents Required for a UK Visa?

uk visa For each visa type, you must ascertain that they can speak, understand, and communicate in English language. You are also required to show documents of financial capability and stability. In addition, depending on the visa type, you must be able to defend the reason for your visa application when called for an interview, whilst relevant documents.

The general documents that you must have in order to obtain a visa to the UK include the following:

  1. A UK visa application form
  2. An International Passport or travel document valid for at least 30 days after the expiry of your visa. N:B:  Your passport must have at least two unused page for entry/departure visa endorsements. 
  3. A proof of the UK visa application fee payment (An original receipt)
  4. A 29mmx34mm, colored passport with white background
  5. Financial documents to provide that you can financially sustain yourself in the UK.
    These documents might include:– bank statements- proof of earnings or the financial document of a guardian in the UK that has sufficient resources to financially support you
  6. A letter from your employer outlining the reason for your visit, who you will be meeting and details of any payment/expenses (for work visa applicants)
  7. Letter of Invitation (for visitor visa applicants)
  8. Travel Itinerary (for tourist visa applicants)
  9. Evidence of admission into a UK university (for student visa applicants)
  10. Letter from a doctor or consultant in the UK showing:
    – Details of health condition
    – Cost and duration of treatment
    – Location of treatment (for Private medical treatment visa applicants).

Most of the documents cut across all the different types of UK Visas and some are peculiar to the visa type needed. Submitting fake documents result in an abrupt closure of the visa application, and seizing of the documents. Original documents are mandatory for your application.

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Requirements for Entering the UK

Do you want to visit the UK with no hassles? You’ll be needing the following to ensure this.

  • A valid and acceptable passport or travel document for your intended stay.
  • At least one blank page in your passport to get your visa endorsement.
  • A valid visa if required.
  • Sufficient funds to sustain you.
  • A return ticket back to your home Country.
  • Adequate medical and health fitness tests. This may be required if you are coming from a Country with a disease outbreak.

How do I apply for a UK Visa?

To apply for a UK visa, the applicant would need to follow the following steps:

Step 1

Type of visa needed must be verified.

Step 2

Fill the UK Visa application form (Be sure to enter valid information). An application form can be obtained online.

Step 3

Pay the UK Visa fee. This can also be done online via verified payment portals.

Step 4

Fill the application form correctly with the right details. (This form would be requested for).

Step 5

Save your GWF number (The GWF number is a 12 digit number auto-generated immediately after submitting the application form. It looks like this GWF0******98).

Step 6

Schedule an appointment for an Interview at the Embassy or Visa Facilitation Service Centers (VFS). This is to be done on the same website where the form was filled.

Step 7

Register for a UK Visa Application accounts through the Teleperformance website or through your travel agent in order to track your application later.

Step 8

Endeavor to honor your interview appointment on the scheduled date.

Where to get a UK Visa Application Form

Two authorized UK visa application options are available for Nigerian applicants. The first application option is through Teleperformance (a credible private Uk Visa registration company), and the second option is through the Government website – Visa4Uk. The visa application form is obtained using these two options.

Do I need a Visa to travel to the UK?

The UK Government official website has information on the Countries who would require a UK visa, exempt Countries, and Countries that may be issued a visa on arrival. But if you are a citizen of Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and a host of others, you’ll be required to have a visa before you are allowed into the Country. Nevertheless, you can check out the website to find out if you’ll be needing a visa.

The UK visa application form is available at the UK Embassy, Consulate or Visa Facilitation Service center in your Country. You can also obtain the form at accredited visa travel agencies as we offer Passport and visa processing services.

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Get Help Processing your UK Visa

To help with your visa application making the application process stress free, and for more inquiries, you can send us an email: visa@hotels.ng and an agent will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

How to Schedule a UK Visa Appointment

To schedule a visa appointment, you can get through to us, and we’ll make the process seamless. But in a case where you have already registered, you would your 12 digit GWF number, and follow through with the following:

  • Select a convenient date for the appointment.
  • A confirmation mail showing the date and time of your appointment as well as the location of the Visa will be received.
  • You’ll also be told the application Centre and the documents that you should come along with.
  • On confirmation of appointment,  print a copy of the appointment confirmation page.

How much will a UK Visa cost?

The visa application fees as released on the UK Government official portal is divided into the Country selection, visa category, and a sub visa category. For the liberty of Nigerians seeking to travel to the UK for visits, we have compiled a detailed breakdown of the visa fees for visitors in the table below:

Standard Visitor

Visa typesVisa application fees (USD)
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)138
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)518
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)941
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)1181

Short-term study

Visa typesVisa application fees (USD)
Short-term study (up to 6 months)144
Short-term study - To study English Language275

Business Visitors

Visa typesVisa application fees (USD)
Business visitor – academic visitor (up to 12 months) and dependant275
Business visitor – clinical attachments, dental observation and PLAB/OSCE test138
Diplomatic courier138
Permitted Paid Engagements138
Prospective Entrepreneur138

Special Visitors

Visa typesVisa application fees (USD)
Marriage or civil partnership138
Parent of a child at school (up to 12 months)764
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)138
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)518
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)941
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)1181

Diplomatic/Official Visitors

Visa typesVisa application fees (USD)
Diplomatic Passport HolderFree of charge
Official Invitation by UK GovernmentFree of charge

Course F Visitors

Visa typesVisa application fees ((USD)
Course F (main applicant and dependants)764

Visitors in transit

Visa typesVisa application fees (USD)
Visitor in transit95

It’s important to note that these fees may differ considerably based on the Country, or visa type. Also, the fees are subject to change without notice. Hence, we advise that you check the website occasionally.

How / Where to Pay UK Visa Fees

Uk visa fees could be paid at any of the GTBank branches in Nigeria, or through GTBank Internet Banking Portal. This portal is for account holders only. Teller or online receipt is printed after the payment process.

Where can I submit my UK Visa Application?

The UK visa application form is to be submitted online where it was filled. The applicant’s valid passport as well other supporting documents requested for would be brought on the day scheduled for the appointment. It is necessary to note that documents not presented at this point may not be received again.

UK Visa Application Processing Time

The type of visa determines the processing time. However, generally, it takes about 15 days to process the visa. Visa application processing takes 3 to 60 days.

How to Collect your UK Visa

The applicant is notified by VFS when the visa is ready for collection. The Visa is collected in person at the visa application center. Except in conditions of direct affiliation, the Collection of visa by a third party is prohibited.

For the purpose of Nigerians, or other Nationals leaving in Nigeria, the following UK Embassies are the go-to centers for your interviews and other inquiries. If you do not live in Nigeria, you can visit the nearest Embassy in your location.

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Address and Location of the UK Embassies in Nigeria

UK Embassy, Abuja

British High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria

19 Torrens Close, Off Mississippi Street
Off Shehu Shagari Way (North), Maitama,
Abuja.

Visa section:
Dangote House, Aguyi Ironsi Street
Maitama District
Abuja.

Telephone: (+234) (9) 462 2200
Fax: (+234) (9) 462 2263
Emai;: abuja.visacustomercare@fco.gov.uk

UK Embassy, Lagos

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

Telephone: +234-1-2770780
+234-1-2770781
+234-1-2770782
Email: consular.lagos@fco.gov.uk

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For further information, you may visit the official United Kingdom Visa page. See also post on Kuwait visa application, Turkey visa application, Qatar visa application, France visa application.

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