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What to do if you are currently in Nigeria or Benin and you want to apply for a UK visa
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You need to check if you are eligible for the visa you want. If you are unsure which visa is the right one for you, use our Do you need a visa? questionnaire.Show information
For every document you provide, you must include the original document and a photocopy.Show information
This includes a copy of your passport bio-data page (the page containing your photograph). If you do not provide a photocopy of each document, we might not return your original documents to you.
Find out which documents you need to submit with your application form for your visa category:
If you send us a document that is not in English or Welsh, it must be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by us.
Each translated document must contain:
You will need to complete and submit a visa application form online at Visa4UK.Show information
When you get to Visa4UK you will need to register and create an account.
When you have completed your online application form, you will need to print and sign your completed form. If you do not have access to a printer when you apply, you can log in and print the form later.
If you are applying as a student under Tier 4 of the points-based system, you must use the online appointment calendar to book an appointment at the visa application centre. You can book, change or cancel your booking online. If you are applying under any other category, you do not need to book an appointment.
When you have completed your online application, you will receive an email message containing your application number (also known as a 'GWF reference'). Please make a note of this number. Your appointment must be no more than 90 days after the date you completed and submitted your online visa application form.
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. If you do not have a document you should explain why you do not have it. You must not provide a false document.
To find out how much your visa will cost go to our fees page.Show information
There are 2 ways you can pay your fee:
Sterling Bank is contracted to collect UK visa application fees. You can pay your fee at one of 50 branches nationwide (free of charge). A full list of the branches can be found under 'Related documents' on the right side of this page.
If paying at one of the visa application centres, there will be a service charge of 500 Naira. If you receive any other request for payment, please refuse it and report it to us at the British High Commission in Abuia or the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos.
You should ensure that you get a receipt when you pay the fee. We will not refund the fee if your application is unsuccessful.
You must go to our visa application centre to submit your application and facial photograph and fingerprints (we call this your biometric information). If you are a student, you will need to book an appointment first.Show information
We will not process your visa application without your biometric information, unless you are exempt.
Every time you apply for a visa you must come to one of our visa application centres so we can scan your fingerprints and photograph your face.
Applicants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult when enrolling their biometric information. This adult cannot be a member of staff.
There is no extra fee for enrolling your biometric information. We will keep your biometric information for 10 years from the date when we last scanned your fingerprints and photographed your face.
If you are applying for a visitor, Tier 1, Tier 2 or settlement entry visa you must not choose the option of ‘Tier 4 applicants’ in the visa category when booking an appointment. Booking an appointment under the incorrect category or block booking appointments can lead to delays for yourself and other customers.
To scan your fingerprints, we use a machine and it does not use ink, liquids or chemicals.
You cannot enrol your fingerprints if your fingertips are cut or damaged, or if you have put any form of temporary decoration (such as henna) on them. You will not be able to enrol your biometric information until the injury has healed or the decoration has faded.
If any of your fingertips are missing, you must enrol your remaining fingerprints.
We will photograph your full face. You must not be wearing sunglasses, tinted spectacles, hair across the eyes or anything that obscures your face, but you can wear a head covering for religious or medical reasons.