Authorities at the British High Commission in Nigeria issued a statement saying that the United Kingdom (UK) has not suspended its student, work and family visas for Nigerian applicants.
He clarified that it was just his “priority visa service” which has been temporarily suspended.
A statement made available to the Nigerian Tribune by the High Commission said that: “Following the statement issued by the British High Commission in Nigeria on March 15” temporary suspension of priority visas for student work and family applications “, we are aware of reports circulating in the Nigerian media and online that the UK has suspended student, work and family visas for Nigerian applicants.
“Not true. It is still possible to apply for any category of UK visa in the normal way on gov.uk and through our Visa Application Centers (VAC) in Nigeria.
“Our VACs remain open and clients are welcome to apply for a standard visa of any category in the usual manner, this includes student, family, work and visit visas.
“However, due to a re-prioritization of resources in response to the humanitarian crisis resulting from the invasion of Ukraine, the UK has temporarily suspended its priority visa service.”
The British High Commission in Nigeria added that “as our March 15 statement made clear, this temporary suspension only applies to ‘priority’ and ‘super priority’ expedited and value-added visa services from the UKVI.
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“This suspension should allow the UK’s global visa operation to prioritize applications for the new Ukrainian family regime.
“This decision to suspend priority visa services is also clearly indicated on UKVI’s guidance page, which sets out the final waiting times for visa applicants outside the UK.
“On behalf of UKVI, the British High Commission in Nigeria would like to apologize for any inconvenience this development has caused.
“The British High Commission in Nigeria will issue an updated statement as soon as ‘priority’ and ‘super priority’ visa services resume.”