Fast-track UK visa scheme for Nigeria

12 Aug 2016 | Posted by Carl Thomas
Nigerian citizens can now access a Super Priority Visa Service to travel to the UK at short notice.
The new UK visa service, which aims to process applications in 24 hours, is targeted at people who need to obtain visas in a hurry and is likely to appeal to people travelling to Britain for business purposes.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, said: "This comes with an additional cost but is designed to give greater flexibility to our customers and underlines our strong commitment to make improvements to the visa services we offer.
"We expect this new service to be particularly useful for business. We understand that business opportunities and urgent requirements can arise at very short notice.”
Mr Arkwright said that the UK was the only country to offer Nigerian travellers a decision on a visa within 24 hours.
The new Super Priority service is one of a number of visas offered to Nigerian citizens who want to travel to Britain. The standard visa is a 15-day service and the Priority Service aims to make a decision in five to seven days.
The new Super Priority Visa Service does not come cheap, however. It costs £750 for the additional processing on top of the usual visa fee. People applying for the service have to be able to pick up their documents from the visa application centres in either Lagos or Abuja.
Only people who are applying for UK visitor or points based system tier 4 visas will be eligible for the new Super Priority Service.

Mr Arkwright said the introduction was evidence that the UK is “leading the world in the provision of premium visa services for those coming to the UK to visit, do business or study”.