How much is the current UK visa fee for 6 months? Find out everything you need to know about applying for UK work and visit Visa from Nigeria.
The UK, located on the continent, Europe, comprises England, Scotland, Wales as well as Northern Ireland. A lot of Nigerians travel to various destinations in this country for multifarious reasons: Some persons travel for work or business, while others take a trip to the UK for vacation, tourism or study. As you are well aware, the official language of the United Kingdom is British English.
Before you can be allowed to enter the country, you must have a valid UK visa along with a valid International passport. The process of applying for a UK visa can be a painless one if you are armed with the right information. This article seeks to address this need.
In this section, we will look at 5 common types of UK visa — Tier 1 Visa; Tier 2 Visa (or Work Visa); Tier 4 Visa (or Student Visa); Tier 5 Visa; UK Visitor Visa; and UK Family Visa.
There are 5 categories under Tier 1 Visa:
General: Applications are no longer accepted for this.
Entrepreneur: This is issued to entrepreneurs planning to establish a business in the United Kingdom.
Investor: This visa is issued to individuals, intending to invest in the country.
Exceptional Talent: This is given to individuals with an endorsement from an academic body/institution.
Graduate Entrepreneur: This kind of visa is issued to graduates with viable business ideas.
It is issued to individuals that have been offered a skilled job in the United Kingdom.
This student visa is given to applicants that have a proof of admission to a university in the country and also have sufficient resources needed for living and studying in the UK.
Tier 5 visa can also function as a work visa. It is given to various persons falling under these categories:
A UK Visitor Visa is normally issued to individuals in need of visas, which will allow them stay in the United Kingdom for a period less than than 6 months. It can be granted to applicants of these types:
UK Family Visa is issued to applicants planning to visit their relations in the country for a short period. It is usually approved for duration of 3 to 6 months. Persons that need permanent residency to stay with relatives would have to complete the necessary process upon their arrival in the United Kingdom.
Please note: Visa fees may vary from one country/type to the other. Also, they can be changed anytime without prior notice. Thus, you should check the site occasionally.
How to Apply
Step 1: Open an account on the GOV.UK website.
Step 2: Complete the application form, make payment for the visa fee, and schedule an appointment at a Visa Application Centre, VAC, closest to your location. You’ll receive a mail, which confirms the appointment and the necessary documents you are to present. Also, you’ll be issued a GWF number that is needed for step 3.
Step 3: Supply your personal details on the TLScontact site; you are required to take this step so you can be allowed to attend the appointment. Track your visa application on that same website upon registration.
Step 4: Attend the appointment and provide your biometrics at a UK VAC. To expedite the application process, you can come along with:
Step 5: Be patient for your application to be processed, and you can track it on the TLScontact website.
Step 6: In this last step, you should collect your passport photograph at the VAC. You will receive a notification when your visa is ready to be collected.
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Website: TLScontact V.I., Lagos
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Website: TLScontact, Lagos
British Deputy High Commission, Lagos
No. 11 Walter Carrington Crescent, V.I., Lagos
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Website: TLScontact, Abuja
British High Commission, Abuja
Plot 1137, Diplomatic Drive, Central Business District, Abuja
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