Relocating to the UK can be an exciting prospect for Nigerians. But before making this leap, several steps need to be completed first. You will first require a visa – there are various kinds of UK visas with their own specific requirements and specifications.
Visa costs can be an impediment to relocation to the UK; however, they don’t need to be an obstacle.
Apply for a visa
Nigerians looking to move to the UK have access to numerous types of visas available to them, depending on why and what your goals are for moving there. Your chosen visa will also determine how long you are allowed to remain there, so planning ahead is vital in making an informed decision when selecting one as it could take months before it can be granted.
Once you have selected a visa type and decided which documents are needed for it, begin gathering all relevant paperwork. Proof of income and health surcharge payments must also be provided as well as at least 28 days of bank statements for yourself and any family members joining you.
If you wish to apply for a working visa in the UK, it will require that you hold an offer from a UK-based employer and show sufficient funds in your bank account to support yourself and your family. Recruitment agencies or job websites offer services for finding employment.
Another key consideration should be the cost of living in the UK. While costs in Nigeria may be more economical, UK costs may differ significantly – be sure to do your research prior to making the move! In addition to housing, transportation and food expenses there may also be taxes and healthcare costs that need to be factored into account.
Relocating to the UK can be an incredible opportunity to meet new people and experience British culture. Sports fans especially may enjoy visiting this destination to watch their teams live! London itself boasts some fantastic sights and historic buildings worth seeing; plus you may get lucky enough to catch one of your favorite teams playing at their respective stadiums! Relocating can be even more fulfilling if you love football as it will give you access to viewing your team play live at their stadiums!
Search for a job
Relocating from Nigeria to the UK is no simple task. It takes patience, planning, and plenty of preparation – here are a few tips that might make the transition smoother:
1. Networking: Make connections with both expats and locals to learn more about culture and community.
2. Language Proficiency: You should possess an effective command of English to communicate effectively if planning on working in the public sector.
3. Emotional Preparation: Relocating to a new country can be emotionally trying. To be prepared for homesickness, cultural differences, and initial adjustment period issues is vital – as is financial preparation should you face any potential financial difficulty during this transitional phase.
4. Researching: You should conduct thorough research of your chosen field to understand which jobs are available in it, either by searching online, visiting job-search portals or regularly scrolling LinkedIn. Furthermore, learn as much as you can about British culture as this will allow for easier adaptation into UK life and avoid any miscommunication between coworkers and neighbors.
5. Acquiring a Visa: Nigerians who wish to relocate to the UK have several visa options open to them, including Tier 1 Investor Visa and Start-Up Visas, both designed to attract high-value immigrants; one is specifically targeted towards individuals who possess at least £2,000,000 to invest in UK investments while one allows entrepreneurs with great promise a chance to establish themselves there.
Apply for a student visa
If you wish to relocate to the UK in pursuit of higher education, first apply for a student visa. These visas typically last one year and can only be granted if accepted into one or more universities within its borders; you also need sufficient money for tuition and living costs once there.
Also Read: UK Student Visa Processes and Requirements
The UK offers world-class education, boasting many world-renowned universities. Furthermore, its diverse culture and iconic landmarks draw in students from around the globe; therefore it should come as no surprise that so many Nigerians choose to study here. Furthermore, studying there also opens up numerous career opportunities with respect to both work and advancement opportunities.
Before applying for a student visa, make sure you have all of the required documents. The process can be lengthy and will require multiple submissions of various types. In addition, an interview and biometrics (fingerprinting or photos used as forms of identification for security purposes) will likely also be necessary.
Once you have all of the documents necessary, submit them to the UK visa office. Application processing typically takes 15 working days for standard student visa applications and five working days for private visiting student (PV) visa applications; depending on which type of visa you apply for you may need to provide additional information or attend an interview session.
Skilled workers can apply for a permanent residence visa after five years in the UK, providing them with an opportunity to start life and bring family with them in this beautiful nation. Furthermore, this visa may lead to better jobs or citizenship altogether!