Visas

ONLINE VISA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES

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All applications and payments are to be made through the Nigeria Immigration website at: https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/pages/welcome.

  • After filling out forms online, submit and print them out; proceed to payment section; choose payment with money order option and make sure you have the actual fees in money order, as you will be required to input details of the money order in the system.
  • The current visa fee for American passport holders is $180, and subject to change.
  • For current visa fee for all countries, please go to: www.innovate1services.com. Go to column Support and click on countries and processing fee. Please note that an additonal transaction of $20 fee is added to the amount stated therein.
  • Please note that, in addition to the visa and passport fees paid online, the embassy charges additional processing fee of $30 per applicant while $85 is required for expedite application (must be in the form of a money order, bank or company check payable to Embassy of Nigeria).
  • Please note that, once applications are submitted, fees paid are not refundable.
  • AT APPLICANT'S DISCRETION, VISA OR PASSPORT FEE CAN BE PAID EITHER WITH CREDIT/DEBIT CARD OR MONEY ORDER MADE TO: INNOVATE 1 SERVICES LLC/FGN.

Requirements for all categories of visas:-

DOCUMENTS FOR TOURIST VISA

  • Current passport (with at least 6 months validity)
  • Completed visa application form
  • Confirmation of online payment
  • 2 passport size pictures
  • Letter of invitation from Host accepting full immigration responsibility
  • Data page of Host passport,
  • Confirmed hotel reservation, if the applicant is not staying with Host
  • Evidence of funds to cover stay in Nigeria (letter from bank etc.)
  • Holders of non–U.S passports must provide proof of legal residency (photocopy of green card).

DOCUMENTS FOR BUSINESS VISA

  • Current passport (with at least 6 months validity)
  • Completed visa application form
  • Confirmation of online payment
  • 2 passport size pictures
  • Letter of invitation from Host company, in Nigeria, accepting full immigration and financial responsibility as well as stating purpose of visit (and duration of stay)
  • Letter of introduction from applicant's company or organization
  • Holders of non–U.S passports must provide proof of legal residency (photocopy of green card, resident visa, work permit or necessary visa page).

TEMPORARY WORK PERMIT (TWP) VISA

  • Processing fee of $100.00 per applicant (must be in the form of a money order payable to Embassy of Nigeria, Washington, DC)
  • If an expedited service is required, the processing fee is $165.00 (must be in the form of money order or cashier's check, payable to Embassy of Nigeria, Washington, DC).

DOCUMENTS FOR TEMPORARY WORK PERMIT VISA

  • Current passport (with at least 6 months validity)
  • Completed visa application form
  • Confirmation of online payment
  • 2 passport size pictures
  • Copy of Comptroller General of Immigration's approval cable visa that lists the applicant’s name
  • Letter of introduction from Host organization in Nigeria
  • Cover letter from the U.S company sending employee
  • Holders of non U.S passport must provide proof of legal residency (photocopy of green card)
    • Copy of airline ticket or flight itinerary (WHERE APPLICABLE)
    • Formal application from Host company in Nigeria, attaching a copy of the work order indication the exact job to be performed by the expert.
    • Copy of certificate of incorporation of Host company in Nigeria.

STR (SUBJECT TO REGULARIZATION) VISA

  • Processing fee of $223.00 per applicant (must be in the form of a money order payable to the Embassy of Nigeria, Washington, DC).
  • If an expedited service is required, the processing fee is $288.00 (must be in the form of a money order, payable to the Embassy of Nigeria, Washington, DC).

DOCUMENTS FOR STR VISA

  • Current passport (with at least 6 months validity)
  • 4 Completed visa application forms
  • 4 Copies of confirmation of online payment
  • 4 passport size pictures
  • 4 Copies of employment offer letters
  • 4 Copies of acceptance of employment letters
  • 4 Copies of Nigerian Immigration's approval quota
  • 4 Copies of resume, degrees, and certificates earned
  • Holders of non–U.S passports must provide proof of legal residency (photocopy of green card)
  • The documents should be arranged into 4 sets. Each set must include the above mentioned documents.
  • 4 copies certificate of incorporation of the Nigerian company.
  • 4 copies of company memorandum & article association
  • 4 copies of corporate affairs particulars of directors and their shear holdings thereof: (CAC FORMS 2 & 7)
  • 4 Copies of business permit issued by the Ministry of interior (for companies that have foreign shareholders)
  • 1 Copy of current monthly quota utilization returns as endorsed by the Immigration Service.
  • 4 copies of formal letter requesting for STR visa from company in  Nigeria.

DOCUMENTS FOR PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 18

  • Photocopies of parents' passports (bio-data page) or valid ID must accompany the application as well as proof of payment to Innovate1 Service.
  • Copy of child's birth certificate
  • Notorized letter of consent jointly singned by both parents
  • Money Order of $30 (processing fee) issue to the Embassy of Nigeria.

DIPLOMATIC, OFFICIAL, U.N & OTHER OFFICIAL PASSPORTS

Holders of Diplomatic/Official Passport are required to complete online application form at Nigeria Immigration Service website: https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/pages/welcome to obtain Application ID and Reference Number. The completed application form must be printed and submitted at the Embassy with two passport-size photographs, preferably with white background; including Official Passport and any other supporting document(s). VISA FEES ARE NOT REQUIRED.

The Consular Office is open from 10am-1pm (Monday-Thursday) except on public holidays.

Mailing Requirements

All applications for visa by mail must be accompanied by a self-addressed PREPAID USPS EXPRESS MAIL, UPS, FEDES (or any other courier service). RETURN ENVELOPE MUST HAVE A TRACKING NUMBER. The Embassy will not process any application that contravenes this directive.

Please mail all applications to

Attention: Consular Section

Embassy of Nigeria

3519 International Court, NW

Washington, DC 20008

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  1. Please note that once applications have been submitted or mailed to the embassy, visas and processing fees are not refundable; notwithstanding if visas are granted or not.
  2. Applicants can only cancel and seek for a refund for fees paid online only before applications are submitted or mailed to the embassy. Please refer to the Innovate 1 Services for refund procedures.
  3. Please note that application processing fees are not refundable once submitted for processing.
  4. In the event that embassy officials visit states outside of Washington, DC to offer consular services. A processing fee of $100 shall be charged.

EMBASSY DROP OFF & COLLECTION

The Embassy of Nigeria, Washington DC Visa Office, is open for drop off from Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Please mail all applications to:

Attention: Consular & Immigration

Embassy of Nigeria

3519 International Court, NW

Washington, DC 20008

 

SUMMARIZED STEPS ON HOW TO FILL OUT ONLINE VISA APPLICATION

STEP 1:

Go to Nigeria Immigration website at: https://portal.immigration.gov.ng/pages/welcome

STEP 2:

Select Entry Visa/Visa Free Zone

STEP 3:

Click on Processing Country, select United States

STEP 4:

Click on Start Application

STEP 5:

The application is on the Inovate1 Services website. Please log in with your existing Google email or Yahoo email account, otherwise select the open ID option and create an account for the application process

STEP 6:

After logging in, start the application process and register your account with Innovate1 Services

STEP 7:

Choose WASHINGTON DC office as your processing office

STEP 8:

Please complete the form and click on the SUBMIT button, then print out the entire form (seven pages in total)

STEP 9:

Once the application has been successfully submitted you will be provided with an application ID and reference number

STEP 10:

Using the Application ID and Reference number, please proceed and make the VISA FEE PAYMENT with your debit or credit card

STEP 11:

If you do not have either a debit or credit card, please purchase a money order of $180 (the visa fee) and associate the money order to the Application ID and Reference number

Please note: If you are paying with a money order, you must wait for Innovate1 Services to send you confirmation that they have received your money order

STEP 12:

Please print out your Visa Payment Slip and Visa Acknowledgment form

STEP 13:

Print and bring filled application with you or mail with accompanying documents to the Embassy:

Attention: Consular Section

The Embassy of Nigeria

3519 International Court, NW

Washington, DC 20008

EMBASSY DROP OFF & COLLECTION

The Embassy of Nigeria, Washington DC Visa Office, is open for drop off

and collection from Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Meanwhile, Applicants may come for collection only on Friday at 1:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE THAT PICK-UP DATE & TIME IS STRICTLY ENFORCED.