The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a sovereign state in Europe. It lies off the north-western coast of the European mainland, Northern Ireland shares a land border with the Republic of Ireland. The UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to its east, the English Channel to its south and the Celtic Sea to its south-southwest (Wikipedia).
The UK has a regulated market economy, which is the fifth largest in the world. According to 2015 estimates, it has a total GDP of $2.679 trillion. The pound sterling (£) is one of the three reserve currencies which regulates foreign trade. The UK population is diverse with about 3.0% of its ethnic group being black.
Nigeria and the UK share very strong diplomatic relationship especially due to historical, colonial and cultural ties. Every year thousands of Nigerians visit the UK for study, tourism, family, birth, work and residence, more than 50% of these Nigerian migrants will apply and become permanent residents.
How Nigerians Can Apply For A UK Permanent Residency
Permanent immigration to the UK is not a walk in the park, there are eligibility requirements, application processes, supporting documentations, and tenure of temporary visa stays necessary to obtain this status. However, with good research, understanding, and valuable information provided on TravelLounge, you should be able get over this hurdle.
The UK permanent residence is categorized as “Indefinite Leave to Remain”, this permanent residence permit enables the holder all the rights of a UK citizen (no visa/time restrictions) except; you cannot vote, contest elections or hold a UK passport, and if convicted of serious crimes, you stand a very high risk of being deported.
This article provides you with all the information needed to secure a UK permanent residency from Nigeria. We have highlighted some of the most important information required such as Visa Eligibility, Required Documents Visa Cost Processing times Embassy Details and the Application Forms in order for you to have a smooth process. Please take your time to read all the details, if you require further assistance, please join Travel Lounge – a Nigerian Travelers Network for a professional consultation and assistance.
Eligibility Requirements for the UK Permanent Residency in Nigeria
You’ll qualify for a UK permanent residence visa if
- you currently have an HSMP, tier 1, tier 2, study, work visa, etc
- you’ve been living in the UK legally for 5 years and spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months
- you’ve been employed or self-employed for the whole period
- you haven’t used public funds
In order to apply for a UK permanent residence, you must fulfill all necessary assessment eligibility criteria for ages 18-64 such as;
- Length of time spent in the UK. Your previously granted visas and time spent in the UK will determine your initial eligibility and earliest permanent residency application date e. tourist, work, study, investor, marriage, lawful stay, family, etc
- Permanent residence category. This indicates the eligibility category with which you’re applying for the UK permanent residency, this can either be ancestry, lawful stay, marriage, family, business person, skilled labour, and investor
- Knowledge of English language and life in the UK
- Financial capability
You’ll not qualify for permanent residence if you’ve got a criminal record in the UK or another country, provided false or incomplete information to the Home Office, broken UK immigration law.
Documents Required for UK Permanent Visa Immigration Application in Nigeria
At Travel Lounge Nigeria we believe there is a general rule that governs the documents required for a Visa application. Before you consider applying for a UK permanent immigration Visa (or any other Visa – in most cases), you will need to provide the following required information below.
- English language test results such as IELTS SELT Consortium; this can be gotten from the British Council in Lagos and Abuja. Click here for full list of English requirements.
- Education, earning, age, UK experience, continuous residence assessment and evaluation
- Employment records such as employment offer letter, pay slips, reference letters from all the companies you have worked, OR certificate of business registration and certificate of investment in a UK business records
- Bank Statement, pay slips, dividends, showing proof of financial funds and previous earnings of up to £18,600 for a single applicant and £2400 additional for each dependent.
- Mortgage or rent agreement inclusive of council tax and utility bills showing place of residence in the UK
- Police Clearance Certificates for a full character assessment. This is a documented proof that you have no criminal conviction since you reached the age of 18. When applying for a UK permanent residency, you and your dependents who are over 18 must include a police certificate. Click here to find out how you can process one.
- Birth Certificates or adoption certificates of child or dependent inclusive of legal guardian court order (If applicable)
- Marriage Certificate or civil partner document (If applicable)
- Academic Certificates recognized by the UK NARIC standards such as preliminary and graduate diplomas and degrees
- Medical Report stating your full medical history and a clean bill of health
- An international passport valid for at least 2 years. Passport should be no more than 10 years old. You can also submit previous passports with visas and stamps; this can help assess your travel history. You can process your international passport at your nearest immigration office. Click here for our article on how to process your international passport
- Two recent Passport photographs with full name written at the back
UK Permanent Visa Immigration Application Processing, Submission and Appointment for Nigerians Online
This is how to apply for a UK permanent residence on a Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (Work Visa)
- Apply and take the English language test i.e. IELTS SELT
- Apply and take the “Life in the UK” test. It is registered online at least 3 days in advance using your international passport as an ID, It costs £50
- Download, complete and sign the SET(O) application form
- Include all necessary supporting documents listed above
- Post your application form to the address below, or apply in person at a premium service centre
UK Visas and Immigration (Home Office)
Indefinite Leave to Remain
PO Box 591
- Fees for the UK permanent residence application are £1,875 if you’re applying by post and £2,375 + £100 (appointment fee) if in person at the Premium service centre. In the case of an additional dependent, the fee for each dependent is £1875. This can be paid via Credit and Debit card, Postal order, Cheque and Bank draft payable to the UK Home Office. A Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) fees may also be applicable.
- After you submit your application you’ll be asked to provide and enroll your fingerprints and a digital photo (‘biometric information’). You’ll be charged an additional handling fee for this service payable to the Post Office Ltd
UK Permanent Residency Visa and Immigration Application Duration
You’ll be informed whether your application is complex, denied or has been successful within 6 months. You’ll be contacted if your application is:
- if your supporting documents need to be verified
- if you need to attend an interview
- due to your personal circumstances such as a criminal conviction
Once permanent residence (properly known as indefinite leave to remain) has been granted, there are no longer any immigration related restrictions on the work or business you may do in the UK, and no time limits on your stay in the UK.
Note that to keep your permanent residence you should not spend longer than two years outside the UK. You should maintain ties to the UK and should consider the UK as your home. If you continue to only spend short periods of time in the UK over many years it is likely that there will come a time when you will lose your indefinite leave to remain in the UK. It is therefore beneficial in most cases to apply for UK citizenship. You can normally apply for naturalization as an UK citizen one year after being granted indefinite leave to remain and as long as you meet the residence requirements.
Click here for further guidance on the UK permanent residency application
UK Visa Application Centre Address in Nigeria
UK Visa Application Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos
Teleperformance Contact Processing Services Ltd
First floor, Churchgate Tower II
Plot PC31, Churchgate Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
+234 1 2692188-92
+234 1 2615047
+234 1 261020
UK Visa Application Centre in Ikeja, Lagos
Teleperformance Contact Processing Services Ltd
5th & 6th Floors, Etiebets place,
21 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way
UK Visa Application Centre Abuja
Teleperformance Contact Processing Services Ltd
3rd Floor, Yakub Plaza,
Plot 1129, Zakariya Maimalari Street, Opposite War College,
Central Business Area, Abuja
Embassy Address for UK Visa in Nigeria
Here’s a detailed list of the UK Embassies in Nigeria. The UK embassies are located in Lagos and Abuja. The Address, Phone Numbers and Email Address for the UK Embassy in Abuja and Lagos are listed below:
List of the UK Embassies in Nigeria for a UK Tourist Visa Application:
The British High Commission in Abuja
Address: 19 Torrens Close, Mississippi, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria
Phone Local: +234 9 4622200
International: 020 7008 1500
Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday: 8AM – 4PM, Friday: 8AM – 1PM
The British High Commission in Lagos
Address: Consular, and Visa Sections, 11 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Phone Local: + 234 1 277 0780/0781/0782
International: 020 7008 1500
Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday: 8.30 AM – 12:00PM, Friday: 8.30 AM to 11 AM
NOTE: This also serves as embassy to: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde etc. or other important notes where applicable
List of Airports in the UK for Nigerian Travelers Structure
Here’s a list of the main City Airports to use when travelling to the UK:
- London Heathrow Airports (Airport Code is LHR)
- London Gatwick Airports (Airport Code is LGW)
- Manchester Airports (Airport Code is MAN)
- London Stansted Airports (Airport Code is STN)
- London Luton Airports (Airport Code is LTN)
Important Advice for Nigerians Travelling to the UK as a Permanent Resident
If you’re interested in travelling to the UK for the purposes of being a permanent resident, make sure you visit our Travel Destination Comparison page to see how Nigeria compares to the UK before you make your final decision. In addition, it is important to note that even though you’ve been granted a permanent resident visa, you’re not allowed to vote, contest elections or hold a UK passport, and if convicted of serious crimes, you stand a very high risk of being deported.
Once again, if you require further assistance, please join Travel Lounge – a Nigerian Travelers Network for a professional consultation and assistance.
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