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UK Tourist Visa from Nigeria

Nigerian citizens and residents are able to travel to the United Kingdom on a Tourist Visa. The Tourist visa is a multiple entry visa designed for different purposes, and so finding the right visa type for your situation is important.

For more information about the UK Tourist Visa from Nigeria, including what you need to do to be eligible for it, how to apply, and expert advice for your application, reach out to us today on +23413438882 or our UK office at +44 (0) 3316300929

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    Overview of the UK Tourist Visa from Nigeria

    A UK Tourist Visa provides Nigerians with the opportunity to visit the UK for leisure, tourism, and short-term purposes. It’s essential for Nigerians to ensure safe and legal travel to the UK.

    A UK Tourist Visa comes with benefits such as being able to visit family and friends, exploring the rich culture, sightseeing, and more. The application process requires thorough documentation, financial capability, and a genuine intent to return to Nigeria.

    Types of UK Tourist Visas for Nigerian Citizens

    Here are the types of UK tourist visas that are available for Nigerian citizens:

    • Standard Visitor (Tourist) Visa: This is the most common tourist visa for individuals visiting the UK for leisure, tourism, and other short-term purposes (for up to 6 months).
    • Visit for Business purposes: This is for workers attending conferences or interviews (for up to 6 months).
    • Visit for Study purposes: This is for individuals looking to study at an educational institution, such as university (for up to 12 months).
    • Visit as an academic: This is for academics taking part in research or engaging in an exchange (for up to 12 months).
    • Visit for medical reasons: This is for individuals receiving medical treatment at a private institution (for up to 11 months).

    Each UK Tourist Visa has different requirements for application. For more information on which Tourist visa might be the best option for you or your family, get in contact with us at our office on +23413438882 or +44 (0) 3316300929 today to speak to a friendly adviser.

    Eligibility Criteria for UK Tourist Visa

    Here’s what you must prove as a Nigerian during the application process:

    • Intent to Visit: You must have a genuine intention to visit the UK for tourism, leisure, or other permitted short-term purposes.
    • Financial Capability: You need to demonstrate that you have enough funds to cover your trip’s cost, including accommodation, transportation, and daily expenses, without relying on the UK’s public funds.
    • Ties to Nigeria: You should prove your ties to Nigeria, such as family, employment, property, or other obligations, to assure your intention to return.
    • Immigration History: A good immigration history, including adherence to previous visa conditions, can strengthen your application.

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      Documents Required for UK Tourist Visa Application

      As well as meeting the eligibility criteria for your chosen UK Tourist Visa, you will also need Travel documents to go along with your application. Here are the required documents you will need:

      • Valid Passport: A passport with one blank page for your visa. The passport should be valid for the duration of your planned stay and also be valid for three months after you plan to return from the UK.
      • Visa Application Form: A completed online visa application form from the official UK government website for your chosen Tourist Visa.
      • Passport-size Photographs: Recent passport-sized colour photographs of the applicant that meet the UK’s photo requirements.
      • Proof of Financial Capability: Bank statements or other financial documents showing your ability to cover the costs of your trip.
      • Travel Itinerary: A detailed account of your proposed travel plans, for instance, including flight reservations, accommodation bookings, and any planned activities you intend to engage in while in the UK.
      • Employment Letter: An official document from your employer to verify your position at your company, your role, salary, and approved leave.
      • Ties to Nigeria: Evidence of ties to Nigeria, such as employment letters, property ownership documents, or family-related documents, to prove you intend to return to Nigeria after visiting the UK.
      • Travel History: Previous travel history, such as previous visas and stamps in your passport, if applicable.
      • Invitation Letters: If you’re visiting friends or family in the UK, you may need an invitation letter from your UK host.
      • Proof of Accommodation: Hotel reservations or a letter of invitation from your host if staying with friends or family.
      • Purpose of Visit: A letter explaining your planned activities while in the UK or the reason for your visit, such as medical, tourism, study, business, etc.
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      Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for UK Tourist Visa from Nigeria

      Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for a UK Tourist Visa. Note that visa application processes can change, so always refer to the official UK government website for the most current information on your chosen Tourist visa before you apply:

      Step 1: Determine your Visa Type and Eligibility

      • Decide on the specific type of UK Visit Visa that best matches your travel purpose.
      • Make sure that you have met the eligibility criteria for your chosen visa category.

      Step 2: Gather your Required Documents

      • Collect all necessary documents based on the requirements of your chosen visa category. Common documents include your passport, application form, finance documents, proof of connection to Nigeria, and travel plans. All information listed above.

      Step 3: Complete the Online Application

      • Create an account on the official UK government website for visa applications.
      • Complete your visa application form with your correct personal information, travel details, and chosen visa category.

      Step 4: Pay the Application Fee

      • Pay the relevant visa application fee online as specified for your visa type.

      Step 5: Schedule a Biometric Appointment

      • You will need to book your own appointment slot at a VAC (Visa Application Centre) in Nigeria in order to give your biometric details, which are a copy of your fingerprints and a photograph of yourself.

      Step 6: Compile and Organise your Documents

      • Arrange all your documents according to the specified order and requirements. An immigration lawyer can help you with this or alternatively do it for you in accordance with the UK government’s requirements.

      Step 7: Submit your Application at a VAC

      • Visit the VAC on the appointed date with your organised documents, biometric appointment confirmation, and passport.
      • Submit your application and provide biometric data.
      • In some cases, an interview might be required. If so, attend the interview as scheduled.

      Step 9: Track your Application Status

      • Use the tracking services provided by the VAC to monitor the status of your application.

      Step 10: Receive a Decision

      • You will receive an email notification when a decision has been made on your visa application.
      • If your application is approved, you’ll receive your passport with the visa vignette.

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        Processing Time for UK Tourist Visa

        The current processing time for a UK tourist visa from Nigeria is 3 weeks.

        UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) starts processing your application once you have either:

        • Verified your identity and submitted your documents and application online using the UK Immigration ID Check app.
        • Have attended your appointment at a visa application centre (VAC) and provided your biometric information.

        Delays in receiving your application decision could include factors such as:

        • Incorrect or fraudulent information found in your application
        • Mistakes in your application
        • Information in your application that requires further inspection
        • A high influx of applications at the UK’s visa processing centre, typically during the holidays
        • Have been refused a visa in the past
        • Have a history of being deported in the past or overstaying in the UK
        • If you have any criminal convictions

        Applicants requiring a speedy visa decision can opt for a priority visa application with UKVI for an additional £500 on top of their application fee. UK Visas and Immigration will aim to process your priority visa application, and they will get in touch with you to inform you that your passport is available for collection within five business days of receiving your biometric data.

        If you need a decision sooner, then a super-priority service is available for an additional £800, and you should receive your decision either the following day or two days after your appointment for submitting biometric data.

        Fees and Costs Associated with UK Tourist Visa from Nigeria

        Here is a breakdown of all the fees and fees associated with obtaining a UK Tourist Visa:

        Visa Application Fee:

        • Standard Visitor Visa: £100 (maximum stay 6 months)
        • Visitor Visa for medical reasons: £200 (maximum stay 11 months)
        • Visitor Visa for study purposes: £200 (maximum stay 12 months)
        • Visitor Visa for academics: £200 (maximum stay 12 months)
        • Visitor visa for business purposes: £100 (maximum stay 6 months)
        • Long-term Standard Visitor Visa 2 years: £376 (maximum stay 6 months per visit)
        • Long-term Standard Visitor Visa 5 years: £670 (maximum stay 6 months per visit)
        • Long-term Standard Visitor Visa 10 years: £837 (maximum stay 6 months per visit)

        Biometric Enrolment Fee:

        • £19.20 which covers the cost of providing your biometric information at a VAC.

        Immigration Health Surcharge (only if applicable, read below):

        • The IHS fee is £1,035 per person.
        • For standard visitors, the IHS is not applicable unless you are applying for a visitor visa of over 6 months. If you’re applying for a long-term visitor visa, the IHS fee will be added to your application.

        Optional Premium Processing Services:

        • Priority Visa Service: £500
        • Super Priority Visa Service: £800

        VAC Service Fee:

        • 25,050 Naira covers the cost of using the VAC

        Document Translation and Certification:

        • All documents must be translated into either English or Welsh to submit to the UK. This will incur a cost for a verified translator.

        Common Reasons for UK Tourist Visa Rejection

        There are many reasons why a UK Tourist Visa may be rejected. It is important to understand why these rejections occur prior to submitting your own application to ensure you give the best possible submission to avoid this situation:

        • Insufficient Financial Proof
        • Lack of Genuine Intent
        • Ties to Home Country
        • Inconsistent Information
        • Previous Immigration Violations
        • Criminal History
        • Travel History
        • Medical or Health Issues
        • Fraudulent or Forged Documents
        • Overstaying Previous Visas
        • Lack of Invitation or Supporting Documents
        • Inadequate Travel Itinerary

        An immigration lawyer is able to compile your application for you should you request it. Call us today to find out more about our service packages, or for more information on application appeals, get in contact with us at our Lagos office on +23413438882 or call our UK office on +44 (0) 3316300929 today to speak to a friendly adviser.

        If your visa was rejected, we can also help you. Get in touch with us, and let’s review your rejection to find out if a pre-action protocol, appeal, or reapplication is best for you.

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          Tips for a Successful UK Tourist Visa Application

          Here are some tips for a successful Tourist visa application:

          • Apply early
          • Fully understand what is required of you from official government websites
          • Complete your application correctly
          • Provide accurate information about yourself to avoid identity fraud
          • Prove your ties to Nigeria to ensure your intent to leave the UK is clear
          • Provide accurate and clear financial documentation
          • Have a clear and cohesive travel itinerary
          • If visiting friends or family, ensure you have a clear and cohesive invitation letter
          • Be willing to show your previous travel history
          • Prepare well for your visa interview
          • Provide all documents in English. If not in English, provide translated copies using a verified translator
          • Hire an immigration lawyer to oversee your application
            By enlisting an immigration adviser, your chances of having a successful application increase greatly. We can compile your application for you, providing a letter of approval from our accredited lawyers.

          Extending a UK Tourist Visa

          If your approved stay in the UK is less than six months, there’s a possibility of extending your stay, allowing you to remain for a total of six months. Speak to an immigration lawyer for more information regarding this.

          To seek an extension, regardless of your nationality, you’re required to submit an application and remit the £1000 fee. The application process necessitates being within the UK and applying before your present visa or permission lapses.

          In scenarios where your stay surpasses the six-month mark, application eligibility is limited to:

          • Individuals undergoing medical treatment as patients.
          • Graduates who are reattempting the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) test or pursuing a clinical attachment.
          • Academics who meet the eligibility criteria.

          How Can IAS Help?

          Getting a Tourist Visa as a Nigerian to visit the UK can be complicated, with many obstacles in front of receiving a successful application. It is highly advised that prospective applicants enlist the help of an immigration lawyer at IAS to walk them through the process of applying.

          We are able to help you with:

          • Compiling your application
          • Reviewing your application
          • Offering you a tailored immigration advice session
          • Sending off your application to the UK application centre for you

          Whether you need expert advice on how to prove your financial status or your health insurance meets the requirements, or you need help determining how to prove suitability to apply after your application was once rejected, we can be of help.

          For more information about the UK Tourist Visa from Nigeria, including what you need to do to be eligible for it, how to apply, and expert advice for your application, reach out to us on +23413438882 or +44 (0) 3316300929 today.

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                    Frequently Asked Questions

                    No, foreign nationals to the UK who do not have a valid visa are not permitted to remain in the country. It is advised to leave before or on the day your visa expires to avoid a ban on entering the UK, obtaining a criminal offence, a fine, or being detained.

                    Yes, technically, however note that individuals are only legally permitted to be in the UK during the time stated on their visa.

                    Yes, at over 87% approval rate, most UK Tourist Visa applications are approved.

                    Is it necessary for an individual to wait an additional six months before returning to the UK after already spending 6 months there? There is no restriction preventing someone with a six-month visitor visa from utilising the full duration of their visa to stay in the UK.

                    They can also obtain another 6 month visitor visa shortly after their previous one expires and revisit the UK.

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