Top Immigration Lawyers for Nigerians
IAS is an established immigration law firm. We possess a wealth of experience helping Nigerian citizens to build new lives in a range of countries, including the UK, the United States, Ireland, and Canada.
When you reach out to us, we pair you with a personal immigration lawyer who is trained to meet your individual needs and support you along the way.
Our caseworkers will help with every aspect of Nigerian emigration to maximise your chances of getting a visa. With regular accredited training in place for all of our staff, we always stay up-to-date with changes to immigration law in the countries we operate to help Nigerians have the best chances of success.
What is an Immigration Lawyer and What Do They Do?
Immigration lawyers are legal representatives for individuals moving from one country to another. They guide clients through the immigration process from start to finish. However, if you only require assistance with a particular element of emigration, such as checking your documents, appealing a negative visa decision or advice.
Depending on the needs of each client, lawyers can recommend certain visas, explain citizenship processes or give guidance on anything else that would support their client in emigrating to another country.
Seeking advice at the start of your emigrating from Nigeria can also help to avoid potential problems in the future.
Lower Your Risk of a Visa Refusal
The main reason to consider an immigration lawyer for Nigerian emigration is that you can lower the risk of refusal in the country you are moving to. Your lawyer will be aware of common reasons for refusal, and they can avoid this rejection by preparing you for the application process.
Immigration rules can be worded in complex ways, and experts in immigration law are capable of translating the questions into simple terms. This ensures applicants are providing accurate and relevant information to the government, which should make the process straightforward.
Being refused a visa can have a long-term impact on a person’s immigration status as well as being a costly process if an application needs to be resubmitted.
Using a Law Firm to Help with Required Paperwork
It is necessary to provide a wide range of documents in visa applications. If you are using an immigration lawyer, they can advise you on what documents are needed, how they should be submitted and whether you need to provide translations.
Emigrating from Nigeria can require a whole host of complicated documentation, and meeting the requirements can be complex without the guidance of a lawyer or law business.
Frequent deadlines are common in immigration applications, and clients can lose sight of which information needs to be provided and when. Immigration lawyers can relieve this pressure by reminding clients of deadlines, which ensures they do not face rejection or face lengthy delays.
Make Sure Your Law Firm is Qualified and Regulated
The first step in the process is to make sure your immigration lawyer is qualified and regulated. Working with a reliable company, such as IAS, ensures you will always be working with an immigration expert who is suitably trained.
It is important to make sure your immigration lawyer is experienced in the countries you are dealing with. We are accredited to the highest level in the United Kingdom and are registered in several other countries, including the United States, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Canada, and Spain.
Be Sure to Research Immigration Lawyers in Nigeria
To ensure your immigration lawyer and practice are right for you, research each firm and enquire about their legal services. If one of your loved ones has worked with an immigration lawyer, we advise asking for their recommendations.
Another tip is to browse immigration company websites that appeal to you. Look for businesses that appear to be open about their services, publish detailed information on immigration, and have excellent reviews.
Remember that booking an initial appointment with a lawyer does not mean that you have to commit to their services long-term. Use this first meeting to get to know the lawyer and figure out whether they would be equipped to support your immigration process.
What to Expect When Working with an Immigration Lawyer
In an initial consultation, immigration lawyers ask about your long-term plans for immigration. This helps them to direct their guidance to a particular area. For example, if you tell your lawyer that you want to become a US citizen, they may start at the very beginning by explaining which visas will allow you to stay in the US temporarily.
Lawyers are also interested in your personal circumstances, as this will give them a clear idea of your eligibility for immigration. They may ask about your current immigration status, your marital status, any dependents you have and your education and employment history (including self-employment, such as owning a small business).
Once they have confirmed you are eligible for your chosen visa, the lawyer will begin to work on the application with you. Upon submitting the application, you may continue to work with your lawyer to have easy access to expert advice in case any challenges arise. For example, you may need help with contacting the government or preparing for a visa interview.
It is essential that you prioritise honesty with your lawyer. Otherwise, you would have wasted time and money on irrelevant advice. By being open, you can access high-quality tailored advice that improves your application.
Common Types of Immigration Law Cases we Help With
There are four main types of immigration cases that our lawyers deal with:
- Family-based immigration: these involve moving to another country through family links. Each country has its own laws regarding eligibility for family-based immigration. There are also unique systems in each country, including different visa requirements and citizenship processes.
- Employment-based immigration: our lawyers can assess if a client is eligible to move overseas for work purposes. They look at the criteria of the country of emigration, which may include working in a particular field and providing evidence of sufficient funds.
- Visit: We have helped several Nigerians obtain visitor visas to several countries in Europe, North America, and Australia. Whether you want to visit for leisure, business or to see family, we can help.
- Humanitarian-based immigration: We can help individuals, couples or families who want to move to another country for their protection. Some common reasons for this type of immigration include: escaping oppression, needing medical care and seeking refuge due to a disaster in their home country.
Reduce the Chances of Encountering Issues - Contact Us
The potential for immigration issues to arise is reduced when you work with an immigration lawyer. Many common issues could be attributed to a lack of education or preparation on the part of the client, which could be avoided with the help of a lawyer.
For example, some applicants may apply for a visa that is not suitable for their circumstances. This would not happen if they hired an immigration lawyer, as the lawyer deeply understands the eligibility criteria of each visa and can offer advice on the route that has the best chance of success.
Errors in the application process can also be prevented by working with a lawyer. Missing documentation, inaccurate translations and outdated information are identified by the lawyer before the final application is submitted. This gives the client time to amend the information based on specialist advice.
It is important to remember that visa application fees are often non-refundable, so applying for a visa that is unlikely to be approved can prove to be a costly and timely mistake. Contact IAS today on +23413438882 or +44 (0) 3316300929 for immediate support.
We Help Nigerians Obtain the Right Visas
When moving from Nigeria to another country, it is vital to find the right visa for your situation. This requires knowledge and understanding of the country’s visa process, which is something all regulated immigration lawyers have.
Some common types of visa that exist in most countries include:
- Family visas
- Student visas
- Employment visas
- Tourist visas
Depending on your situation, we might recommend a temporary visa, which might lead to a permanent visa, or recommend a permanent route straight away, as it is sometimes possible to get a permanent visa without becoming a temporary resident first. For example, Nigerian citizens can move to the US by acquiring a Green Card.
Whatever route we advice will depend on what you want to do abroad and what you are eligible for. We ensure each client receives a personalised service.
Was Your Visa Application Rejected? We can Help
At IAS, we have expertise in helping Nigerians overturn a negative visa decision. If your application has been rejected, we can help you without needing to go through with an entire appeal process in most cases. For example, in the UK, we have had success with helping Nigerians process pre-action protocol (PAP) letters to the Home Office to obtain a visa that was rejected previously.
Before we move forward, we will review the rejection and your eligibility to decide if a PAP letter, appeal, judicial review or reapplication is best for you. Our service is comprehensive so you can rest assured while we do the hard work. Please get in touch if your visa was rejected.
Best Emigration Lawyers for Nigerians
We boast some of the best immigration lawyers in the UK, US, Canada, Portugal, Spain, and Ireland.
Our lawyers make the application process as smooth as possible for you. Throughout the entire process, we will put your immigration needs above everything else while respecting immigration law and country-specific regulations.
We offer a plethora of services to clients in Nigeria from our offices in Nigeria and the UK. You can book a physical consultation at our office in Lagos or an online consultation by calling us on +23413438882 (Nigeria) or +44 (0) 3316300929 (UK) to get this process started.
How to Prepare for Your Consultation with Immigration Lawyers in Nigeria
We will explain everything you need when you contact us to book an appointment. The first appointment is usually the advice session, where you will answer questions about your eligibility and reasons for wanting a visa.
In many ways, it is an assessment of your eligibility and an explanation of what you should expect and would need throughout the process. We will communicate critical dates and fees to you as well.
After that, we can move forward with the next service if you desire, which can be visa application, document checking, visa appeal, etc. Whatever documents you need will be communicated with you while we prepare a solid argument for the Home Office, IRCC, Department of Justice, USCIS, etc., depending on where you are going.
We recommend writing down questions for your immigration lawyer. The first conversation is likely to be full of important information. You can ask as many questions as needed to feel confident about the next steps.
Questions to Ask When Working With Immigration Lawyers
Here are some examples of important questions to ask:
- What is the average timeline for the immigration process for Nigerians?
- How much will it cost to use your services?
- Which documents should I bring to our next meeting?
- Have there been any recent changes in immigration law that would affect me?
- What is the evidence that lawyers in your practice have experience in immigration law?
Do not hesitate to ask any further questions that come to mind during the appointment. At IAS, we love to answer any pressing questions clients have so they feel confident with working with us.
Immigration Lawyer Fees: What You Should Know
Immigration lawyer fees differ depending on which country you want to apply to, what visa you need, and your specific needs or preferences. IAS can give you an affordable initial consultation with a qualified immigration lawyer and give information on the next steps.
After an initial consultation, our clients decide whether to pay for a specific IAS service or to opt for our Full Package service. Most of our clients choose the Full Package, as it equips them with everything they require to make a smooth transition from Nigeria to another country.
Remember, not working with an immigration lawyer could end up being the more expensive option, as there is a high chance of application rejection when individuals apply without professional guidance.
Last modified on August 21st, 2023 at 9:25 am
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Our premium Fast Track Package is ideal if you need to submit an application quickly, such as if you need to meet a tight deadline. Our lawyers will work closely with you to see that your application is completed to the highest standards and ensure you get your application in on time, helping to take the stress and pressure off you.
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Visa appeals can be a stressful process, especially if you’re relying on a specific visa to be approved. Our legal team can help you navigate the whole process and maximise your chances of a successful appeal, working alongside you to reach a favourable result. We can also represent you in immigration-related hearings and tribunals.
There is no need to get in touch with the Nigeria Immigration Service to get help leaving the country. Instead, you should find out how to apply for the appropriate visa in the country you are moving to.
However, if your visa application is successful, you may be asked a few questions at the airport about your move/travel from Nigeria. Our lawyers will advice you on what to take when traveling.
You do not always need a visa to travel abroad from Nigeria. Some countries allow Nigerian passport holders to enter without first applying for a visa.
Some examples of visa-free countries for Nigerians are Chad, Fiji, Guinea, Mali, Haiti, Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Barbados, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Burkina Faso.
As you can see, these countries are few. As a Nigerian citizen, the majority of countries will require you to get a visa in order to enter the country in accordance with immigration law.
We can help people relocating from any part of Nigeria, not just the big cities. Most of the bureaucracy is based on the country you are moving to, so it doesn’t matter whether you live in another state. We provide online consultations as well. However, if you prefer a physical meeting, our office is in Lagos.
Yes, we can help with relocation if you need it. However, you don’t need our relocation services if you only want us to help with your visa application. Nevertheless, if you want to make your move easier from finding a house to schools for your kids, IAS Concierge can help.