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How Much Will it Cost to Relocate from Nigeria to UK?

The cost of relocating to the UK from Nigeria varies, depending on the type of visa you’re applying for and other factors. It is important to know the total relocation cost before you process your visa.

To learn more about the cost of relocating to the UK from Nigeria, including the cost of each UK visa and immediate help with your immigration situation, speak to one of our expert immigration lawyers at +44 (0) 3316300929 or call our Nigerian office at +23413438882. You can also contact us online.

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Cost of Relocating to the UK from Nigeria: An Overview

If you’re considering relocating from Nigeria to the UK, there are different costs you will incur.

One essential cost is the visa application fee, which will depend on the type of visa you’re applying for. The immigration health surcharge is another vital fee, which will vary depending on your stay in the UK.

As part of your application, you must submit a tuberculosis test result. The test cost will depend on your age and the clinic you take the test.

Besides the visa-related fees, the travel costs, including air tickets and accommodation, are another essential cost. You will also need to keep some money for immediate expenses after you relocate, including transport fares within the UK, groceries, utility bills, etc.

Other payments will depend on your reason for relocation. For instance, if you are relocating as a student, you must consider the cost of tuition.

Furthermore, you may also incur agency or legal fees if you process your application through an agent or a lawyer.

Since these fees vary depending on an applicant’s circumstance, consider discussing your immigration situation with a legal expert. An immigration lawyer can help you determine the exact costs you will incur. Speak to a lawyer at +44 (0) 3316300929 or one from our Nigerian office at +23413438882.

Types of UK Visas for Nigerians and Their Costs

There are different types of UK visas, depending on whether you’re relocating to the UK to study, work, reunite with your family, or start a business. Here’s a breakdown of the visa application cost for each immigration route: 

Visa TypeFees (£)
Short-term study for 6 – 11 months200 
Child student 490 
Parent of a Student child visa637
Long-term Study 490 
Skilled Worker Visa (up to 3 years)719
Skilled Worker (more than 3 years)1,420
Skilled Worker, Shortage Occupation (up to 3 years)551
Skilled Worker, Shortage Occupation (more than 3 years)1,084
Health and Care Worker (up to 3 years)284
Health and Care Worker (more than 3 years)551
Senior or Specialist Worker (up to 3 years)719
Senior or Specialist Worker (more than 3 years)1,420
Global Business Mobility (UK Expansion Worker, Graduate Trainee, Secondment Worker, and  Service Supplier)298
International Sportsperson (up to 12 months)298
International Sportsperson (more than 12 months)719
Minister of Religion719
High Potential Individual822
Scale-up Worker822 
Innovator Founder1,191
Temporary Work298
Global Talent716
Overseas Domestic Worker637
UK Ancestry637
Family – joining partner, parent, or child1,846
Family – Adult dependant relative 3,250

Immigration Health Surcharge Cost in the UK

You might need to pay the immigration health surcharge (IHS) if you’re staying in the UK for longer than 6 months. 

The IHS covers the cost of using the National Health Service (NHS) while you’re in the UK. However, it won’t cover the cost of prescriptions, dental checks, and eye tests.

Here’s a breakdown of the immigration healthcare surcharge:

Visa TypeIHS Fee (£)
Student visa470 per annum
Youth Mobility Scheme470 per annum
Visas for applicants under 18470 per annum
Other visa categories624 per annum

Cost of Tuberculosis Test

When applying for a UK visa from Nigeria, you must take a tuberculosis test. You can only pay for this test in U.S. Dollars or Naira at any of the Home Office-approved clinics in Nigeria. Here’s a breakdown of the cost:

Test CenterBelow 11 years11 Years and Above 
International Organization For Migration (IOM)$60$150
The Consultants Practice$60$150
Q-Life Family ClinicN20,000N46,500
St. Nicholas HospitalN30,000N60,000

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Cost of English Language Test

You may also need to take the IELTS test to prove that you can read, write, speak and understand English. The test costs between N104,000 and N116,000, depending on the type of test you must take.

Service Fees

When applying for a UK visa, you must visit a visa application centre (VAC) to submit your biometrics and supporting documents. You may be required to pay service fees at the VAC.

You can also pay for optional services such as a premium lounge, single visit package, assistance with uploading your documents, photocopying or printing, and other services.

Cost of Moving to the UK from Nigeria as a Student

When relocating to the UK for studies, additional costs you should consider include tuition fees, which will depend on your preferred institution, course of study, and if you applied for a scholarship.

The cost of securing student accommodation also varies, depending on your institution’s location and the accommodation type.

The university’s hall of residence is the cheapest student accommodation option. However, you could rent a private residence or get a studio apartment if you want a more private home.

Cost of Moving to the UK to Join Family

When applying for a family visa, you and your partner must have a combined income of at least £18,600 ​​(£38,700 from spring 2024). If you’re relocating with kids, there should be an additional income of £3800 for your first child and £2400 for subsequent kids.

How Can We Help?

If you plan on relocating to the UK from Nigeria, the process may seem complicated due to the costs involved. With the proper guidance, however, you can navigate the process easily.

Our team of immigration experts at IAS will assess your situation and provide you with a detailed breakdown of each fee you will need to pay. We will also advise you on what step of the process you should make each payment.

If you have any questions or need help with your UK visa application, please contact us at +44 (0) 3316300929 or our Nigerian office at +23413438882.

Get in touch with our team today to learn more about our professional services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, certain individuals, such as diplomats on diplomatic postings, members of international organisations on official assignments, and members of the armed forces, are exempted from paying the application fees.

Your visa application fee will not be refunded if your application is denied. While preparing your application, you must avoid mistakes and provide all the necessary information at the right time to prevent a refusal.

The UK visa processing time could last from 3 weeks to 6 months, depending on the type of visa. You may also be able to pay for the priority service to get a faster response.

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