Visa application forms in Nigeria
On this page you can find links to our visa application forms and guidance notes that you need to apply for a visa. These visa application forms are for use outside the UK only. If you are in the UK, you can apply using our Form finder.
Before you complete an application form, you must know which category of visa you are applying for. You can find more information about the different categories and ways to come to the UK by leaving this section and going to our homepage, from where you can choose the right category.
You can download the form you need from this website or obtain a form, free of charge, from your nearest visa application centre.
You can find the visitor visa application forms with guidance on how to complete them in our Visiting the UK section. This guidance is also translated into Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Hindi, Russian, Thai and Turkish.
If you are a business visitor, you need to complete application form VAF1C - Business Visitor.
For all other categories of visitor, you can find the relevant application form in that category of our Visiting the UK section.
EEA family permit
If you are applying for an EEA family permit, you can find the relevant form and guidance in the EEA family permit section.
Other categories including working or studying in the UK
For all other immigration categories, you can find the relevant form and guidance in the 'Applying from outside the UK section' of the relevant category in the visas and immigration section. If you are applying under the points-based system, you also need to complete the relevant self-assessment appendix and submit it with your visa application form.
Right of abode
If you are applying for a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode, you can find the relevant form and guidance in the 'How to apply for a certificate of entitlement' section.
If you are a diplomat or official travelling to or through the UK, our Diplomats section gives you information on how to do that and the application forms you need.
Transfer your visa to a new passport
If you have a new passport, you do not need to transfer your visa to your new passport. The 'Transferring your visa to a new passport' page gives you the application form to transfer your visa and explains what to do if you do not wish to transfer your visa.
To download the application form and guidance notes that you need, see our Visas and immigration section.
Completing the visa application form
When you have downloaded the application form and guidance notes, you must:
- print the form onto good-quality paper, and ensure that the information does not extend beyond the margins of the paper;
- read the guidance notes carefully;
- complete the form in English, using blue or black ink only;
- complete a separate form for each person who is travelling; and
- sign the completed form.
It is a serious crime to make false statements, or submit false information or documents, when applying to enter or remain in the UK.
Before you sign your application form, you must ensure that the information on the form is correct and your supporting documents are genuine and unaltered. Our officers in the UK and overseas are highly trained to detect fraud.
If you provide false information, documents or passports, or if you lie or withhold information in support of your application, we will refuse the application and you will face serious consequences. You could:
- be banned from entering the UK for 10 years;
- be removed from the UK, if you are already here;
- be charged with a crime, which could lead to a prison sentence or a fine; and
- receive a permanent record of fraud on the UK Border Agency database.
It is better to explain why you do not have a document than to submit a false document.
Assistance from friends, travel agents, immigration agents or consultants
You may decide to submit your visa application using an independent travel agent, immigration agent or consultant, or with the help of a friend. They can only help you complete the form and advise you which supporting documents to include. They cannot make the application for you or attend the visa application centre.
Remember that the visa application is your application. You are responsible for the information given and any supporting documents. You must check that the information is correct and sign the application.
A genuine agent should only charge you a small and reasonable fee for their services. If an agent makes unrealistic claims or charges high fees for their services, they may be overcharging you or supplying you with false documents and statements.
If you are approached by someone who claims that they can guarantee you success with your application in return for a fee, please inform staff at the visa application centre immediately.