How to Apply For UK Visa in 2020

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If you are planning on traveling to the UK to study, or for vacation, or just maybe just to visit love ones, it could as well be for strictly business. For whichever reason it may be, you’ll need a UK Visa as well as your international passport before you can migrate to the country legally.

In this article, we will discuss all you need to know before applying for a UK visa. Knowing these things will be of great benefit because it’ll make you well informed, and ready before going to the UK visa application post or center in Nigeria for application.

The first thing to do before applying for a visa is to choose the one appropriate for you – sounds funny right. Well, it is important to know that there are different types of visas, and that of the UK is not exempted. The type of visa you apply for determines how much you pay as an application or processing fee, it also has a say on how long you can spend in the country. A visa shows the kind of visit 

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Categories/Types of UK Visas

There are basically five major types of visas that can be given to visa applicants. They include;

  • Business Visa

This type of visa is issued to people going into the UK for business purposes. Although, the UK immigration board divides it further into two parts; “Innovator visa, and Start-up visa”, it pretty much means the same thing. For a Nigerian, the application fee for an innovator visa is £1021, and a Start-up visa is £363 (its equivalent in naira of course).

  • Work Visa

This a tier 2 visa given to employees employed by a company registered, and based in the UK. People who apply for this type of visa must have gotten an employment letter from a company registered in the UK. It can also be referred to as a general visa and is usually valid in the range of 6 months to 3 years depending on the type you apply for. The application fee ranges from £464 to £1220.

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  • Visitor Visa

This can also be called “Standard/General visa”. It’s the type of visa that most migrants are eligible for, requirements are no as stiff as other classes as such, it’s quite easier to get. This visa can be used in place of other visas like; general visitor, child visitor, family visitor, business visitor, sports visitor, etc. this means that with your standard visitor’s visa you’re eligible to do a couple of other things than just visit alone. Validity is usually 6 months but can be increased to 11 months for special cases such as medical treatment, or academic research. Fees costs from £95 to £822 depending on the nature of the application.

  • Family Visa

This is for applicants that have the intention to spend more than 6 months with their family. To be eligible to apply for this, you need to have a family member that’s currently based in the UK and is a citizen. The cost of applying for this type of visa varies depending on your manner of application. If you’re joining your partner or child, the application fee is £1523, while for elderlies that are most likely to be looked after by relatives, costs £3250. 

  • Student Visa

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This Tier 4 visa is for students that are 16 and above, and are going to the UK to study. Students must have already been granted admission by a learning institution in the UK and must show proof of admission along with other required documents. Before the application is granted, students will have to show proof of being able to cater for themselves once in the UK. The application fee costs £348.

Well now that we know some popular categories of visas, it’s time we look at some standard required documents for visa application. This will enable us to play by the rules of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), so we can be granted approval with ease.

Standard UK Visa Requirements

The following are the required documents/materials you must have before you can be approved a UK visa:

  • Current passport or any other accepted travel identification.
  • There should be at least a blank age on your passport. The validity of the passport should not be less than the time you plan to stay in the UK.
  • The date you plan to leave for the UK should be provided, and how long you plan to stay should be present.
  • Details of your home address should be provided, as well as the address of where you plan to reside during your stay in the UK.
  • Parents and/or guardian’s names, and dates of birth will be required.
  • You should be able to provide a rough estimate of your trip will cost. 
  • Name, and address of any individual or organization sponsoring your trip.
  • Yearly income should be present. Bank statement dated back to at least 28 days should be provided.
  • The employer’s name and phone number should be provided.
  • Your partner’s name, date of birth, and passport number (if any) should be provided.
  • Details of family members in the UK should be provided if any. The details include; names, addresses, and passport numbers.

Although there are other requirements that are not listed above, this jus contains the general requirements that are applicable to all categories if UK visas. Some categories have additional requirements that you must satisfy.

All costs for the visa, and requirements are correct as at the time of writing 10/08/2020. The standard time it takes for a visa application to be approved is 15 to 90 days. However, in special cases, the process can be accelerated and would attract an additional fee.

Where Can I Apply For UK Visa in Nigeria

Now that we know the general requirements for applying for a UK visa, it’s time we look at where one can apply for it. Application can be done at either with the UK embassies located at Abuja and Lagos, or with Teleperformance LTD which is a registered partner for UK visa services.

The embassy in Abuja is located at;
Plot 1137
Diplomatic Drive

Central Business District
Abuja
Nigeria

You can also call them on +234 (9) 4623100

The embassy in Lagos is located at;

11 Walter Carrington Crescent
Victoria Island
Lagos
Nigeria

You can call them on+ 234 (1) 277 0780, or +234(1)2770781, or +234(1)2770782

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