The United Kingdom Embassy in Nigeria on Tuesday temporarily suspended study, work and family priority visa applications.
The Nigerian embassy in a statement posted on its official Twitter page explained that priority has been placed on applications made under the Ukraine Family Scheme in response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the invasion of Ukraine.
Part of the statement read, “UK Visas and Immigration is currently prioritizing applications made under the Ukraine Family Scheme, following its launch and in response to the humanitarian crisis arising from the invasion of Ukraine.
“As a result, UKVI has temporarily suspended priority and super-priority services for new study, work, and family applications. Customers with standard applications in study, work, and family routes may experience some delays in the processing of their application.
“We’re still currently unable to offer PV for visitor applications in Nigeria. Standard visitor visa applications are currently taking an average of six weeks to process.
The embassy noted that applicants should not visit Visa Application Centre (VAC) but wait till they are contacted by VAC that their passport is ready for collection.
However, the embassy may consider expediting specific cases with compelling circumstances ( medical emergency)
“However, the bar for this is high and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
“If a request is exceptionally urgent, applicants can contact UK Visas and Immigration for help. Please note that this is a chargeable service for overseas customers. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” the statement read.