How to get a Business Visa to Nigeria?
Business Visa is a category of Visa is available to foreign travellers who wish to visit Nigeria for the purpose of meetings, conferences, seminars, training, trade fairs or for other brief business activities. Also people who are travelling to Nigeria in order to participate in a job interview, training, NGO staff, crew member, emergency relief, researcher or music concerts, require a business visa. This article outlines the steps and requirements for obtaining Business Visa in Nigeria.
The Business Visa is normally obtained from Nigerian Missions overseas. However, it can be obtained through the Visa on Arrival (VoA) route in cases of urgent business travels and time constraints or the absence of a Nigerian Mission in the applicant’s country. Holders of the Business Visa cannot take up employment in Nigeria as the Visa only covers short-term engagements within the country.
The Nigerian Business Visa is normally a single entry travel document. The Business visas are valid for a period of 90 days and the business visa on arrival is valid for 30 days after issued, while e-visa on arrival will expire within 14 days after issue. Citizens of ECOWAS countries do not need to obtain a business visa.
Required Documents for a Nigerian Business Visa
- Passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 2 blank visa pages for endorsement
- Two passport Photographs
- Business Cover Letter
- Visa Application Form
- Letter of Invitation from the Host company in Nigeria accepting immigration responsibility (where applicable as self-sponsored business men may not require a letter of invitation).
- Proof of travel arrangement
- Evidence of sufficient funds.
- Certificate of Incorporation from the Host Company (where applicable)
- Nigerian Immigration service Visa Payment Receipt and Visa Acknowledgment Receipt.
In order to find out more about the application process, please visit the Nigerian Immigration Portal here – https://portal.immigartion.gov.ng/pages/welcome.
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