April 20, 2024
UK visa application fee in Nigeria

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One of the most common questions people looking to apply for a UK visa from Nigeria ask is, How much is UK visa application fee in Nigeria? This is expected because it is important to know how much you need to budget for your travel or relocation. UK visa fee is not a flat rate. It depends on the type of visa you are applying for and if you are applying from within or outside the UK. 

What is the current UK visa application fee

The table below highlights the most popular UK visa categories and their current fees for applications outside and within the UK.

Category Outside the UK (£) Inside the UK (£)
Visit visa – short up to 6 months 115
Visit visa – long up to 2 years 400
Visit visa – long up to 5 years 771
Visit visa – long up to 10 years 963
Visiting academic – more than 6 months but not more than 12 months 200
Private medical treatment visa – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months 200
Transit visa (direct airside transit) 35
Transit visit visa (landside transit) 64
Route to Settlement 1,846
Route to Settlement – other dependant relative 3,250
Route to Settlement – refugee dependant relative 404
Innovator Founder – main applicant and dependants 1,191 1,486
Start-up – main applicant and dependants 435 584
Global Talent – main applicant  (approval letter required) 192 192
Global Talent – main applicant (approval letter not required) 716 716
Global Talent – dependants only 716 716
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – dependants only 716 716
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – dependants only 1,191 1,486
Tier 1 (Investor) – main applicant and dependants 1,884 1,884
Skilled worker (with 3 years or less certificate of sponsorship (CoS)) – main applicant and dependants

Health and care visa
719

284

827

284

Skilled worker (with over 3 years CoS) – main applicant and dependants

Health and care visa

1,420

551

1,500

551

Temporary work 298 298
High Potential Individual – main applicant and dependants 822 822
T2 Minister of Religion – main applicant and dependants 719 827
International Sportsperson (with 12 months or less CoS) – main applicant and dependants 298 298
International Sportsperson (with over 12 months CoS) – main applicant and dependants 719 827
Student – main applicant and dependants 490 490
Child Student 490 490
Graduate visa (Post-study work visa)– main applicant and dependants 822
Visitor Extension – main applicant and dependants 1,000
Indefinite leave to remain – main applicants and dependants 2,885

Other UK visa categories not included in the table above and their fees can be found on the UK Home Office website

Please note that the fees above do not include Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). Your IHS fee will depend on how many years visa you are applying for and you will have to pay it before paying for your visa fees.

How much is UK visa application fee in Nigeria?

Since Nigeria is outside the UK,  UK visa fee in Nigeria can be found in the middle column in the table above.

How to pay UK visa application fees from Nigeria?

You will need a credit or debit card that processes international payments to pay for your visa application from Nigeria.

A couple of people I know that applied for their UK visa recently had to contact their family or friends that are in the UK already to help them pay for their visa application fees while they sent them the naira equivalent as most Nigerian bank cards do not process international payment. 

How long does UK visa application take in Nigeria?

The standard processing time for UK visa application in Nigeria is 15 – 30 working days. However, factors such as the type of visa you applied for, the volume of application the High Commission is processing and if any further documents are required from you, influence how long you will wait for your visa.

Read also: How to apply for UK student visa from Nigeria.

Questions people also ask

Is UK visa fee increased?

Yes, UK’s visa fee was increased recently. The revised pricing structure came into effect on 4 October, 2023.

Do Nigerian citizens need a visa for UK?

Yes, Nigerians need a visa to travel to the UK.

Is flight ticket required for UK visa?

No, you do not need to provide flight tickets during your visa application.

Can a Nigerian apply for a UK visa in Ghana?

Yes.

Which UK visa is the easiest to get?

I would say visitor, student and transit visas are the easiest to get.

How much do agents charge for a UK visa?

Agents do not charge a uniform fee. So I cannot categorically tell you that agents charge =N=x.

Their fees could range from hundreds of thousands to millions of naira. It depends on the package they are offering you.

How do I submit my UK visa application in Nigeria?

After completing your visa application online and paying the IHS and visa fees, the next step is to book a biometrics appointment with the UK approved visa application centre, which is TLScontact, for your biometrics appointment. When booking your appointment, you can choose to either upload your documents and submit your application yourself (self-service) or for TLS contact to help you do that. After submitting your documents, go for your biometrics appointment. 

Documents required for UK student visa application.

What biometrics are required for UK visa in Nigeria?

Fingerprints and digital photograph. 

Where is UK visa issued in Nigeria?

At the British High Commission, Abuja.

Conclusion

UK visa application process is not complicated. I recommend you do it yourself. I did mine myself. If you are applying for a student visa, I shared a step by step guide on how I applied for mine. You can read it here: how to apply for UK student visa

The most important thing is to ensure you have all the necessary documents, have the money needed for your UK visa application fee and other costs, start early and work with the right information. You can reach out to people you know that have gotten the type of visa you are applying for to put you through the process. 

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments section below.

I wish you the best.

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