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UK Student Visa Requirements For Nigerian Citizens

679,970 international students come to the UK each year to benefit from the fantastic university system in the country. It is a popular destination for Nigerian students who need a UK Student Visa before coming to the UK to study.

Read this article and then you can choose to visit us online, contact Immigration Advice Service in Lagos at +23413438882 or in the UK at +44 (0) 3316300929 to find out what the requirements are and how our immigration advisors and lawyers can help you to get a UK student visa.

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Overview of the UK Student Visa

The UK student visa is available to prospective Nigerian students who want to study in the UK. It will allow you to remain in the UK for the length of your course. In most cases, this means a maximum of five years if you are studying at degree level or two years if you are studying below degree level.

Getting a UK Student visa to study in the UK has a range of requirements and documentation that you will need to prepare and submit to the Home Office, detailed in the sections below.

Eligibility Requirements for Nigerian Students

Overview

The basic requirements are as follows if you want to study in the UK:

  • You are eligible to travel
  • You have received an unconditional offer from an institution that can sponsor you
  • A score of 70 points or more in the points-based system
  • You are sufficiently qualified to complete your course
  • You can financially support yourself and any dependents
  • You have strong English language skills

Some of these requirements are broken down below.

Getting 70 Points as a Nigerian Student

The UK points-based system means that Nigerians need 70 points to get a short-term study visa in the UK. Three main criteria will allow you to get to the 70-point threshold.

  • 50 points for your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
  • 10 points for meeting financial requirements.
  • 10 points for having English language abilities of B2 according to the CEFR. B2 means that you can converse fluently without effort.

Requirements to Financially Support Yourself

Requirements for the UK government to consider you have enough money to support yourself depend on where you will be living during the course.

To live outside London, you will need £1,023 per month for up to 9 months. Meanwhile, you will need £2,046 per month if you are on the Doctoral Extension Scheme.

To study in London, you require £1,334 per month for up to 9 months and £2,668 per month for the Doctoral Extension Scheme.

It is important also to remember that studying in the UK is not free and you must pay for your course. Undergraduate fees start at £11,400 per year but can be substantially higher depending on what institution you study at.

These requirements can be waived if your sponsor gives written consent that they will support you.

Required Documents for Nigerian Students

You need to provide a range of documentation to support these eligibility criteria. This includes the following:

  • A valid passport
  • A CAS from the institution
  • Bank statements proving financial requirements are met
  • Tuberculosis test results
  • Written consent from a parent or guardian if you are under 18

If any of these documents are not in English, you will need to provide translated documents created by an accredited translator.

Enlist us to compile necessary documentation to ensure a smooth and seamless application of your UK student visa.

How Can IAS Help?

Our expert immigration advisers and lawyers are deeply knowledgeable in helping you to study in the UK as a Nigerian citizen. We will pair you with an immigration lawyer who specialises in short-term study visa applications. They will help you to compile all the necessary documentation and information to complete your application. Once your application has been submitted, we can use our connections inside the Home Office to ensure that you always understand the progress of your application.

If you want to enlist our help, please call our office in Lagos at +23413438882. Alternatively, you can get help from our UK office by calling +44 (0) 3316300929 or visiting us online.

We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at our Lagos office, all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Many Nigerian students want to remain in the UK after completing their studies. If this is the case, you will have two options.

Firstly, you can apply to extend the UK Student Visa. This comes with the following requirements:

  • Currently be in the UK on a short-term study visa
  • Have an unconditional offer of a place on another course
  • Have a sponsor as shown on your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies document
  • Show that the new studies are of a higher academic level than your previous studies in the UK

Secondly, you can apply for a Graduate visa which will allow you to remain in the UK for a further two years after you complete your course. Getting a Graduate visa requires you to align with the following requirements.

  • Applied from inside the UK
  • Completed a bachelor’s, post-graduate degree, or other eligible course in the UK
  • Your university has informed the Home Office that you have completed your course

Nigerian students must pay UK Student visa application fees to get a short-term study visa. This will be £363 if you are applying outside of the UK and £490 if you are extending or switching your Student visa from inside the UK.

You must pay this fee again for every dependent joining you.

If you believe you meet the requirements for the UK Student visa and you receive a refusal, there are ways that you can appeal.

Firstly, you can submit an administrative review where you will get a chance to show where errors were made in the decision-making process.

Alternatively, you can start again and resubmit your application. Make sure you change anything that may have caused your application to be rejected first.

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