Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid Before Applying for Nigerian Visa

Since countless passengers make foreign travel plans, numerous travelers lose this chance because a visa has been rejected, often due to errors and mistakes in the visa application. With many years of experience, assists corporate travel departments and individuals avoid mistakes made by visa applicants. Mentioned below are five of the most common mistakes to consider to avoid missing out on your Nigerian visit.

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1. Compare The Form Details with Official Documents:

When completing a Nigerian visa application form, applicants need to provide all requested information in the specified format as per their travel documents. Incorrect information on the Nigerian visa application form, like the name or date of birth or passport number that does not appear on the passport, are common mistakes. While this may seem obvious, most individuals write details that do not match their official documents or ID card. If the person spelt their first and last name in reverse order in the official documents, a different spelling would result in your visa being issued with incorrect information.

 2. Check The Nigerian Checklist:

A checklist is an effective tool in putting together a foolproof application. One of the common mistakes made by applicants is not referring to the checklist for Nigerian visa applications and thus missing out on attaching important documents at the time of submission.

A single missing document can make the application incomplete. Therefore, compare the details and documents that should be submitted with the Nigerian checklist.

3. Cutting It Too Close to The Travel Date:

Each country has a different processing time for a visa application, which varies depending on the primary travel season. Travellers often leave their visa applications until the last minute, leaving very little time to carefully follow the checklist and ensure that all requirements are met. Countries like Nigeria accept applications up to 90 days before the travel date, and applying for a Nigerian visa on time leaves enough time to deal with unexpected delays.

4. Have Your Bank Statements Attested?

Nigeria requires applicants to submit certified bank statements. While it is common to attach bank statements with visa applications, and most travellers are familiar with this step, failing to get these bank statements is a common mistake. It is essential to present the certified bank statements to reflect your financial scope for travel and your credit hygiene.

5. Make Sure the Sponsor Information is Accurate:

The information about the sponsor helps the officials, if necessary, to understand the support system of the applicant in the country of travel and makes this information decisive for the visa decision. It is, therefore, essential to ensure that we provide the correct information in the "Sponsor" section of the visa application form and that we submit the appropriate sponsorship documents as per Nigerian visa requirements. 

Final Words:

While this may seem like simple mistakes, they can cost a traveller their visa. However, it is best to provide every single detail, as requested, with the correct documentation in the formats required to ensure a hassle-free and smooth visa application process.

Most importantly, it is crucial to start the visa application process well before the planned travel date to avoid mistakes and allow sufficient time for the visa processing.

About This Author

Philip Diack is Founder and Managing Director of Passports and, a national passport and travel visa service with offices in Atlanta, Miami, Washington, DC, NYC, Denver and San Francisco.

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