UK Spouse Visa From Nigeria 2024 Requirements, Fees & Processing times

This article will discuss making a UK spouse visa application from Nigeria in 2024.

We will discuss the following:

What you will get if you apply for a UK spouse visa from Nigeria

The UK spouse visa from Nigeria processing time in 2024

The UK spouse visa fee/cost in Nigeria in 2024

The UK spouse visa application form from Nigeria in 2024

The visa centres in Nigeria

How to submit your supporting documents for a UK spouse visa

The UK spouse visa requirements from Nigeria in 2024

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What will you get if you apply for a UK spouse visa from Nigeria?

#1 Nigerian nationals and those who hold any type of long-term residency in Nigeria (“applicants”) can apply for a UK spouse visa to enter and stay in the UK with their UK partner (the “sponsor”) for 33 months.

This visa can be extended for another 30 months, after which the applicant will normally be able to qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

Please be aware that this information is for applicants making a spouse visa application from outside the UK.

Applicants applying from inside the United Kingdom should read our FLR M visa guidance.

“Can we make an application from inside the UK, or must we make an application from outside the UK?”

This depends on whether the applicant already has a UK visa and how long it has been issued. If the visa has been granted for more than six months (& is not a visitor visa), the applicant will typically be able to apply from inside the UK.

If not, applicants who are Nigerian nationals or those who hold any type of long-term residency in Nigeria (e.g., they hold a work visa and not a visitor visa), will have to apply from outside the UK (either from Nigeria or their other country of nationality or residence).

An exception to the above are applicants in the UK on a UK fiance visa or proposed civil partnership visa who can apply from inside the UK.


#2 A UK spouse visa will permit the applicant from Nigeria to work in the UK.

An applicant holding a UK spouse visa is entitled to work in the UK.

This is an advantage a UK spouse visa has over a UK fiance visa (which does not provide permission to work until the subsequent spouse visa is granted).


#3 Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and British Citizenship can be obtained via the UK spouse visa route.

Applicants on the spouse visa route to obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) will typically need to live in the UK for 5 years with the sponsor on a UK spouse visa.

The exception is if an applicant is granted leave on the 10-year route to Indefinite Leave to Remain (rather than the 5-year route to Indefinite Leave to Remain).

So, if an applicant submits an application that meets all the spouse visa UK requirements in 2024, and continues to meet the requirements when each of the applications are submitted, they should be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after five years.

Once the Indefinite Leave to Remain application has been granted, applicants will have lawful immigration status in their own right. This means they will no longer rely on their partner (the sponsor) to live in the UK.


What is the UK spouse visa from Nigeria processing time in 2024?

The standard processing times for UK spouse visa applications from Nigeria is between 2-3 months (on average).

For an up-to-date account of the current UK spouse visa processing times you can read our spouse visa UK processing times in 2024 article.


Is the spouse visa priority service available if we apply from Nigeria? 

The spouse visa priority service for spouse visa applications from Nigeria is generally available – subject to supply and demand.

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What is the UK spouse visa fee/cost in Nigeria in 2024?

A UK spouse visa application from Nigeria costs 2,123,302 Nigerian Naira. This figure is based on the conversion rate at the time of writing (1 GBP/1150 NGN) and the listed Home Office application fee of £1,846.

UK spouse visa applicants from Nigeria must also pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). The IHS fee amounts to 3,570,750 Naira.  This figure is based on the conversion rate at the time of writing (1 GBP/1150 NGN) and the IHS fee of £3,105.

As discussed in our UK spouse visa fees in 2024 article, the amount that must be paid will depend on the exchange rate the online application form uses. This is likely to mean that applicants will have to pay between 5% higher or lower than the exchange rate listed on popular currency exchange rate platforms or Google.

An additional cost applicants may want to consider is paying an immigration lawyer to assist them with the application.

We charge a set price of £2,250 for full legal representation. We specialise in UK spouse and partner visas, and our clients’ applications are handled by Ed Lowe, Wendy Foy & Matthew French (all of whom worked in the Home Office for many years). This is our comprehensive bespoke service which involves us dealing with your application from start to finish.

We also provide a unique spouse visa DIY Application Pack Service for £435 to partners who want to complete the application process themselves but need some additional help which is much less involved than our full legal representation service. In addition to receiving tailored written guidance, this service also entails providing you with a custom tailored detailed document checklist & letter templates.


Where is the UK spouse visa online application form from Nigeria?

As discussed in our spouse visa UK application form 2024 article, you must first visit this webpage.

Then click the link under the sub-heading “Outside the UK”, as shown in the screenshot below:

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Where are the TLS visa centres in Nigeria?

There are 5 TLS visa centres in Nigeria listed on the TLS website which are located in:

  • Abuja;
  • Enugu;
  • Lagos Ikeja;
  • Lagos Victoria Island;
  • Port Harcourt.

TLS is Nigeria’s Home Office’s commercial partner for UK visa applications. They primarily assist the UK Home Office with visa centre appointments and the submission of documentation.


How do we book the visa centre appointment in Nigeria?

The first step is to complete the spouse visa online application form in 2024.

After the spouse visa online application form has been submitted (when the Home Office fees are paid), the applicant will be redirected to the TLS website.

On the TLS website, you will be able to book an appointment at one of the locations above and pay for any additional, optional services you may choose (such as the priority service).


How do we submit the supporting documents from Nigeria?

There usually are three different ways to choose when submitting supporting documentation in Nigeria.

#1 You may be able to submit the documents at the visa centre in Nigeria using the assisted scanning service. 


#2 You can upload the documentation via the self-upload portal on the TLS website.

Supporting documents can usually be uploaded from a home computer.

This is done after:

There is an additional fee to have a member of TLS staff scan the documents.


#3 You may be able to post the documents to a specified address in the UK.

TLS has a scanning hub in the UK, allowing applicants to post their supporting documentation to an address in the UK to be scanned.

There is an additional fee for this service.


What are the UK spouse visa requirements from Nigeria in 2024?

The UK spouse visa requirements from Nigeria in 2024 are:

The specific UK spouse visa documents required for Nigerian applicants depend on how an applicant satisfies each of these requirements.

requirement 1Tuberculosis (TB) Test Requirements For Spouse Visa Applications Made From Nigeria

Applicants residing in Nigeria (& who are therefore submitting their application from Nigeria) are generally required to provide a TB test certificate showing they do not have TB to be granted a UK spouse visa. Those who have lived in Nigeria in the 6 months before applying may also be required to submit a TB test.

The Home Office will only accept tuberculosis tests from Home Office approved clinics.

Whilst the tuberculosis (TB) test is only valid for six months, the only date that it needs to be valid is the date the online application is submitted (by paying the Home Office fee).

“How do I book a Tuberculosis (TB) test in Nigeria?”

An applicant should contact one of these clinics only.

After contacting the clinic, applicants should make it clear the test is for a UK visa application. 

“What is the Tuberculosis (TB) test fee/cost in Nigeria?”

The Tuberculosis (TB) test fee varies depending on the approved Home Office clinic the applicant attends.

At the time of writing, the TB test fee in Nigeria varies between 40-150 US dollars. Payment can be made either in US dollars or Naira.

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The English Language Requirements For Spouse Visa Applications Made From Nigeria in 2024

Applicants from Nigeria can satisfy the English language requirement in several different ways.

They can:

#1 Sit a Secure English language test (SELT).

Applicants from Nigeria can meet the English language requirement by sitting a Secure English Language Test (SELT).

There are a few things to be aware of if an applicant plans to take an English test.

i) Out-of-country partner visa applicants sitting an English test must book a test which is at least A1 level of the CEFR.

Our article “A1 English test for UK spouse visas in 2024” discusses the best A1 tests to take (& which ones you may want to avoid).

However, as discussed in our UK spouse visa English test requirements 2024, applicants may consider taking a test at either A2 or B1 level as these tests can normally be relied on in later applications to extend leave to remain in the UK, for Indefinite Leave to Remain and for British citizenship.

In addition, the English test must be on the list of Home Office-approved Secure English language tests in 2024.

For your convenience, the list of Home Office-approved test centres in Nigeria is provided here from this link.

English Tests for UK Spouse Visas in Nigeria

Exam City Name of test centre Address
CD IELTS for UK Abuja BC Abuja British Council Abuja,

Plot 3645 IBB Way,

Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria

IELTS for UKVI

Life Skills

Abuja BC Abuja Hawthorn Suites,

1 Uke Street, Garki 2,

Abuja, Nigeria

Skills for English UKVI Abuja TLScontact Visa Application Center – Abuja Third Floor,

Mukhtar El-Yakub Place,

Plot 1129 Zakariya Maimalari Street, Central Business District,

Abuja, Nigeria

Skills for English UKVI Abuja Abuja – Art-Thez First Floor, Suite 1A,

Plateau House,

Plot 79 Ralph Sodeinde Street

(besides the Federal Ministry of Finance),

Central Area, Abuja, FCT

Skills for English UKVI Ibadan Ibadan – Highgrade Exams and Testing Services 39 Molete Road, Challenge,

Beside Adron Homes at Saint Annes Church Roundabout, Ibadan

IELTS for UKVI

Life Skills

Lagos BC Lagos – Colonades Hotel Colonades Hotel, 21 Alfred Rewane road, Beside Ikoyi Registry. Lagos
IELTS for UKVI

Life Skills

Lagos BC Lagos – Elion Hotel Elion House Hotel Plot 7/8, Agbeke Rotinwa Street, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
IELTS for UKVI

Life Skills

Lagos BC Lagos – Workforce Workforce The Zone, Plot 9, Gbagada Industrial Scheme, Beside UPS, Gbagada Expressway, Lagos
CD IELTS for UKVI Lagos MOD Towers 239 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba, Lagos
NA Lagos MOD Education 3, Ade Ajayi Street, Zone A4, Pako Bustop, Ogudu GRA, Lagos, Nigeria
LanguageCert International ESOL SELT Lagos Lagos Katia Gardens, Plot 1676, 3rd Floor, Oladele Olashore Street, Off Sanusi Fafunwa Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
PTE Academic UKVI

PTE Home

Lagos Bellaz Education Services First Floor, Back Wing, No 56 Ogunlana Drive, Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria
PTE Academic UKVI
PTE Home
Lagos Intake Education (Lagos) Intake Education Nigeria- Ikeja Office, 3rd Floor Omatsola Complex, 4 Kafi Street, Behind Shoprite ICM, Alausa, Ikeja

Lagos

Skills for English UKVI Lagos Lagos – TestFlex Professional Test Centre 5/7 Alade Lawal Street, Anthony Lagos
Skills for English UKVI Lagos TLScontact Visa Application Center – Lagos Ivie House 4/6 Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos 101241
CD IELTS for UKVI

IELTS for UKVI

Port Harcourt BC Port Harcourt British Council Port Harcourt, No. 3 Odi street Old GRA Port-Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria
CD IELTS for UKVI Port Harcourt BC Port Harcourt – AMIA Ave Maria International Academy, Deeper Life Bible Church Headquarters, Rumuodara, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

#2 An applicant from Nigeria who also has a majority English-speaking nationality can automatically satisfy the spouse visa English language requirement – as long as their nationality is on a specified list. 

The nationalities on the list are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda;
  • Australia;
  • the Bahamas;
  • Barbados;
  • Belize;
  • The British Overseas Territories;
  • Canada;
  • Dominica;
  • Grenada;
  • Guyana;
  • Ireland;
  • Jamaica;
  • Malta;
  • New Zealand;
  • St Kitts and Nevis;
  • St Lucia;
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines;
  • Trinidad and Tobago;
  • the USA.

A copy of the passport evidencing a nationality of one of these countries will be sufficient to satisfy the English language requirement.


#3 A Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree taught in English can also be used to meet the English language requirement.

An applicant with an academic Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree certificate from an educational institution in the UK can normally use this to meet the English language requirement.

An applicant with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree certificate from an educational institution in Nigeria or somewhere else outside the UK which was taught in English will need to submit the certificate alongside documentation from ECCTIS (previously UK NARIC) stating:

  • The qualification was taught or researched in English at or above A1 level (depending on the country the qualification was awarded in); and
  • The qualification meets or exceeds the recognised standard of a Bachelor’s degree in the UK.

The ECCTIS process incurs additional fees, and partners often prefer sitting an English language test as they find it more convenient and straightforward.


#4 Applicants with a disability (a physical or mental condition) which prevents them from meeting the English language requirement (or applicants with ‘exceptional circumstances’) could be exempt from the English language requirement. 

This is discussed in our List of Home Office Approved Secure English language tests (SELT) in 2024 article.


#5 Applicants aged 65 or over when the online application is submitted are exempt from the English language requirement. 

This is discussed in our List of Home Office Approved Secure English language tests (SELT) in 2024 article.

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The Financial Requirement For Spouse Visa Applications Made From Nigeria in 2024

The financial requirements are covered in depth in our spouse visa financial requirements in 2024 article.

In summary:

#1 Applicants will need to satisfy the level of financial requirement which applies to their application.

There are plans in Spring 2024 to increase the minimum income threshold from £18,600 to £29,000, and then subsequently to £34,500 and £38,700.

We discuss this in more detail in our spouse visa financial requirements in 2024 article.

If partners receive a permitted benefit, however, the adequate maintenance test applies instead of the £18,600+ minimum income threshold.

If this adequate maintenance test applies, see our adequate maintenance guidance for 2024, which provides a step-by-step guide to see if this standard can be met.


#2 Applicants will need to satisfy the minimum income threshold whilst only relying on a permitted source (or sources) of income of the applicant and/or sponsor.

These are:

  • The sponsor’s employment income from a non-specified limited company
  • The sponsor’s employment income from a specified limited company
  • The sponsor’s self-employment income as a sole trader, partner or franchise
  • The sponsor’s employment and/or dividend income from a specified limited company
  • Cash savings (see our £16,000 – £62,500 spouse visa cash savings requirement in 2024 article)
  • Pension income
  • Dividends or other income from investments, trust funds, bonds or stocks and shares (from a non-specified limited company)
  • Property rental income
  • UK maternity allowance
  • On-going royalty payments
  • On-going insurance payments
  • On-going payments from a structured legal settlement
  • Academic maintenance grants or stipends
  • Interest from savings
  • Payments under the War Pensions Scheme
  • Payments under the Armed Forces Attributable Benefits Scheme
  • Payments under the Armed Forces Compensation scheme
  • Bereavement payment & allowance
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance

“What income cannot be included in the financial requirement?”

i) Third-party sponsorship cannot generally be counted according to the Immigration Rules.

There are a few exceptions to this, which we discuss in our Appendix FM 1.7 financial requirement Guidance 2024 [FM-SE & 1.7].


ii) Please note applicants are to be only able to include benefit income towards the financial requirement if the adequate maintenance test applies.

We have a detailed article about the adequate maintenance test here.

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Requirement 4

Relationship requirements

In summary, the following are the main relationship requirements that must be met:

#1 The applicant and sponsor must have a genuine and subsisting relationship.

This involves the Home Office caseworker looking at the application and supporting documentation as a whole to make a subjective assessment as to whether the relationship is genuine and subsisting or not.

Home Office caseworkers are instructed to consider cultural considerations when assessing the genuine and subsisting relationship requirement.

We elaborate more on this in our UK spouse visa requirements in 2024 YouTube video which can be found at the top of this page.


#2 The applicant must be married, in a civil partnership or have lived with a sponsor for two years who is British, has settled status, has refugee leave or humanitarian protection or has settled status under the EU settlement scheme.

Alternatively, the partner may be a person from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein with pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (& started living in the UK before 1 January 2021);

Please note that applicants who are engaged or plan to enter into a civil partnership in the UK can apply for a UK fiancé visa or a proposed civil partnership visa.

If the applicant is in an arranged marriage, as long as the Home Office caseworker deems the applicant and sponsor to be in a genuine and subsisting relationship, this is not usually a problem under the Immigration Rules.

Applicants applying as a married or civil partner must have entered into a marriage or civil partnership that is lawfully recognised in Nigeria or the country where the marriage or civil partnership took place.

Partners who have lived with each other for two years before applying, on the other hand, can read our unmarried partner visa UK 2024 guidance.


#3 The applicant and sponsor must have met in person.


#4 The applicant and sponsor must be 18 or older on the date the online application is submitted.


#5 The applicant and sponsor must intend to live together permanently in the UK.


#6 Any previously legally recognised relationships of either the applicant or sponsor must have broken down permanently, unless the relationship falls within a small number of exceptions.


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Suitability requirements

The suitability requirement will only apply to a minority of spouse visa applicants from Nigeria.

However, applicants should take the time to read the details of the requirement because not satisfying one can lead to a refusal.

Under the suitability requirement, an application will be refused if any of the following apply:

uk spouse visa suitability requirements for Nigeria


Under the suitability requirement, an application will normally be refused if any of the following apply:

other uk spouse visa from Nigeria suitability requirements


Applicants should also be aware an application may be refused if they have failed to pay litigation costs awarded to the Home Office or if there are outstanding NHS charges amounting to at least £500.

Requirement 6

The Adequate Accommodation Requirements

Applicants must show that adequate accommodation will be available for the applicant, sponsor and any other family members.

As discussed in part 3 of our 3-part free video series – the accommodation cannot be prospective.

This means applicants must show there is sufficient accommodation already in place when the supporting documentation is submitted.

Please also be aware the accommodation cannot be classed as ‘overcrowded’ as defined by the Housing Act 1985.


Are you applying for a UK spouse visa from Nigeria?

We are OISC-regulated spouse visa specialists and have helped hundreds of spouse visa applications from Nigeria.

Not only do we specialise in partner visas, but most of our advisors have Home Office – the UK government department that will process your application.

Ed Lowe, Wendy Foy &  Matthew French handle our full legal representation service, which is our comprehensive bespoke service that  involves assisting you with the application from start to finish.

If you want to save money by preparing and submitting the UK spouse visa application yourselves, you may be interested in our £435 DIY Application pack service.

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