Ireland visa application requirements in Nigeria

Ireland visa application requirements in Nigeria

Nigerians are the largest African group in Ireland. And since the Irish are a fellow English-speaking country, it’s no wonder that a lot of people want to travel there. If you’re one of them, you can find everything you need to know about Ireland visa application in Nigeria below!

Ireland visa requirements in Nigeria

Ireland visa requirements

A citizen of Nigeria can travel to numerous countries without a visa, however, sadly for us, Ireland isn’t one of them. It doesn’t matter if you want to take a trip to Ireland as a student, traveler or to conduct business, you need to get a visa first.

To apply for an Irish visa, you have to go to wither the Ireland embassy in Abuja or the consulate in Lagos, depending on which is closer to your location. However, getting there is one thing, but you also need to know the Ireland visa requirements for Nigerian citizens.

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To find out which type of an Ireland visa you have to apply for, you’re going to have to figure out the primary purpose of your trip and the duration. Depending on your goal, you may have to obtain a Tourist, Business, or Student visa. If you’re planning on staying in Ireland for less than 90 days, a short-term visa will be your choice. However, if you need to be in Ireland for three months or more, you’ll have to apply for a long-term visa.

Below you’ll find the visa requirements for all three types, but there’s one point that is needed in all cases. To apply for any kind of visa, you need to fill in an online form. Along with the application form you also need to complete a separate questionnaire.

Important: This questionnaire is a mandatory addition to the form! Without it, all other paperwork would be in vain.

Tourist Visa Requirements

Ireland tourist visa

To apply for a tourist visa, you’ll have to prepare a handwritten letter of application with this information:

  • The reason you’re traveling to Ireland;
  • How long are you planning to stay there;
  • Contacts of any relatives that may be residing in Ireland or other EU countries;
  • Valid return ticket to Nigeria;
  • A written promise that you’ll leave Ireland before your visa expires.

Business Visa Requirements

Ireland visa application for business

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This type of visa is needed when you need to travel to Ireland for work-related meetings. As this is a far more official and responsible reason, there are more requirements involved.

  • Two passport-sized pictures;
  • Valid International ID;
  • Copies of expired International passports;
  • A hand-written letter with the following;
  • The reason you’re traveling to Ireland;
  • How long are you planning to stay there;
  • Information about where you’re going to stay for the duration of your trip complete with booking confirmation;
Ireland visa requirements
  • Contacts of any relatives that may be residing in Ireland;
  • Bank statements for the last six months;
  • An official invitation from the party expecting you in Ireland;
  • A copy of your host’s id with all the essential information;
  • Information about how much you’ll be paying for the trip and what amount will be paid by third parties;
  • A written promise that you’ll leave Ireland before your visa expires
  • Valid return ticket to Nigeria;
  • Proof that you are obliged to come back to Nigeria.

Student Visa Requirements

Ireland visa requirements for students

This type of visa demands the least amount of paperwork. However, you can obtain a Student’s visa only if an Irish educational establishment has already accepted you. If yes, then this is what you need:

  • An official document confirming your acceptance into the college you’re going to;
  • Evidence that you have the necessary funds to pay for school fees;
  • Personal medical insurance;
  • Confirmation of having three thousand Euros for living expenses during your stay in Ireland.

Note: Even if a single document is missing, your application will be declined. Be sure to double-check everything!

Now that you know all the requirements for Nigerian citizens, let’s talk about the Irish visa application process.

Ireland visa application in Nigeria

Ireland visa application guide

Below you’ll find a complete, straightforward guide on how to apply for an Ireland visa. Remember that you have to submit the documents three months prior to your trip!

  • Make four printed copies of your online application form and questionnaire;
  • After you’ve collected all the necessary documents and confirmation for your desired visa type, it’s time to visit the Visa application office;
  • Submit the documents along with your valid passport and a couple of passport photograph.

Friendly reminder: If the committee that issues visas has any doubts regarding your documents or goal, you may be invited for an interview that will decide your fate.

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  • Buy an A3 envelope so that your documents and passport can be sent back to you;
  • Pay 13,500 Naira as an application fee;
  • Pay 9,500 Naira as VAC commission fee;
  • Pay 400 Naira as a bank commission fee;
  • After you make all the necessary payments, submit your application;
  • Get your fingerprints taken.

That’s it!

Tip: To know the current status of your submission, you can visit the official website of the Visa center.

Now you have all the crucial information about the Ireland visa application process. Be sure to share these facts with your friends that want to travel there. We wish you luck in obtaining your visa, and don’t forget to bring back souvenirs!

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