Recent developments concerning visa processing times for Nigerian citizens have many people talking. Some claim that it is too difficult to process visas, while others believe there are significant delays in obtaining your documents needed to prove residency or citizenship.
If you are thinking about living or traveling in the UK, these comments may dissuade you. The British government has now made it clear just how long they will take to approve international travel documents for citizen tourists.
They expect all nationalities to be gone by May at the very latest. It seems that every day more and more countries get added to this list, making it harder and longer to coordinate your trip plans.
We have gathered some of the most common types of visa into one article to make things as easy as possible for you! If you already have an entry visa into another country, you can skip directly to the step number two. Otherwise, read on to learn what must be done before leaving for Britain.
Having a visa is only the starting point of your journey to live, work or visit the UK. If you are planning to stay for more than six months, then making sure your visa application is ready and that all documents are proof enough that you have adequate money to support yourself while here is very important.
It can be tricky figuring out how much time people spend waiting for their visas at British embassies and consulates around the world. Some make announcements every few days asking if anyone has heard anything but there’s no set schedule as to what happens next.
Many times, applicants will not hear back from embassy staff until several weeks later when they call them to check on the status of their paperwork. This could mean having to start the process over again!
Some countries may even ask for additional documentation after submitting your initial applications which can add another couple weeks onto the wait. It is best to assume that processing time will continue to extend beyond the one month period mentioned above unless you are notified otherwise.
Be prepared for extended delays by researching how long different embassies take to review applications. You can find this information online and through friends or colleagues who have visited before.
There are several visa categories for international travel, with each requiring a separate process to be completed. The type of visa you need depends on what kind of trip you’re taking and when you plan to return.
Some countries may even require multiple visa types before they grant entry. For example, India requires at least a tourist visa as well as an business visa.
Having all of these documents ready is very important since your plans can be put off or delayed if nothing matches the criteria set by immigration officials.
It’s also worth mentioning that some countries may not allow certain individuals into their country due to health restrictions or lack of available resources back home.
Being able to come into Britain is not only limited to those that are British or European, it is also open to people from anywhere in the world who have been invited as a guest. This is called a non-visa entry permit (NVIP) or sometimes referred to as visitor’s visa.
A NVIP does cost money however, there is an application process that must be gone through before it is granted. The length of time for processing depends on the country you are applying in and what kind of document you will use to prove your identity.
Some countries may even require you to remain within their borders while your paperwork is being processed which would take longer if you were asked to stay overnight. These things should be known early!
What about overstay?
Overstaying your visa means staying in England longer than the permitted amount so this has different consequences depending on how long you stayed for and whether you applied for another visa later.
If you under-report your departure date then you could face fines and/or imprisonment but again, this would depend on how long you remained within the territory.
Applications can be processed quickly or quite slowly, depending on several factors. The type of visit you are seeking (business, tourist) will determine how long it takes to process your documents and paperwork.
Application types include: work visas, tourism visas, student visas, business visas, medical visas, and investor visas. Each one requires different documentation and proofs, which could mean more time to gather them.
Numbering days from the day you submit your application until you receive confirmation, there is no standard length of time that each country charges for a visa. This duration also varies per person, embassy, agency, and government employee.
If you are visiting or living in Nigeria for an extended period of time, there is something you should do immediately. You must apply for visa at the Nigerian Embassy in your home country!
This sounds crazy because most people don’t know this, but it is true! Almost every African nation has their own embassy in one of the more affluent nations where individuals can spend money easily.
These embassies operate with very strict rules about how long overseas visitors may stay, so they usually have staff that monitors when visas expire. If yours does not, you need to start looking now!
Sadly, some countries will deny entry if your visa expires before you leave, which would be frustrating as you would want to return soon. Also, many nationalities require you to have proof of adequate health insurance while traveling, which doesn’t make sense since you will only visit those places for a few weeks!
We recommend talking to other Nigerians online to see what visa information is shared and whether anyone else had trouble getting theirs approved.
In this article, we will talk about how long it takes for an Australian to travel to Nigeria as a business visitor. We will also discuss what kind of documents you need to prove your purpose for traveling to Nigeria, when you should apply for a Nigerian visa, and some helpful tips.
Business visas are typically valid for one year and can be renewed once every twelve months. This is not always the case, however, so do your research before applying!
It’s important to note that even though most countries have a grace period after leaving their territory where visitors still have time to re-enter, Nigeria does not. If there’s no way to renew your visa within the six month grace period, you may face substantial fees and/or restrictions on entry.
When you apply for a visa, there are certain documents that must be included. These include your passport, proof of sufficient funds to travel, and evidence of medical insurance or adequate health coverage while traveling abroad.
Many countries also require proof of accommodation, depending on what country you’re visiting for work. They will ask if you have an invite or confirmation letter proving this from where you’ll stay.
While some of these things can be picked up when you arrive at the airport, others need to be ordered ahead. The best way to make sure everything is in order is by having them all ready before arriving in the country. This way, you don’t waste any time waiting because you already have those items!
There is no set timeframe for how long it takes for visas to process within the Nigerian embassy system. All departments handle their paperwork independently and at different paces.
When you apply to visit or work in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, or any of the other member countries of the United Kingdom, you must first pay a non-refundable application fee.
This is not the case for The United States or Canada, as they are not part of the EU. In fact, most nations that fall under the UK’s jurisdiction do not have an application fee!
The fee ranges from £60 – 100 (US$100 - US$200) depending on your income level. Lower income levels can be paid with money orders but anything over this amount requires payment via bank transfer or Google Wallet/Paypal.
It is important to remember these fees are only refunded if the individual is rejected by British immigration. If accepted, then there is no refund! Make sure you check out our article about what happens to your passport after leaving the country to make sure you don’t lose it.