Visa Application Process::
  1. Choose the appropriate type of visa, duration of stay and type of entry
  2. Follow the instructions to complete the application form and continue to pay for the visa
  3. Collect the supporting documents
  4. Pay the Repatriation fee for first time travellers or Administration fee for three (3) year business visa
  5. Submit at the Mission and collect the passport
1. Visa Types

Visa Type

Purpose

Duration

Entry

Transit

Stopping over on the way to final destination

 

Single

Tourist

Tourism or religious purpose

1 month

Single

Business

Business people visiting for a short period

1 month
3 months
6 months
1 year
3 years

Single
Multiple
Multiple
Multiple
Multiple

Temporary Work Permit (TWP)

Services of expatriates for short period assignments

3 months*

Single

Subject to Regulation (STR)

Applicants seeking to take up employment

6 Months

Single

*Subject to the employment contract
2. Instructions to complete application form and pay the application fee
  1. Visit the Immigration website for more on immigration issues
    www.immigration.gov.ng
  2. Read the visa application guidelines
    portal.immigration.gov.ng
  3. Link to SW Global and register to log in and complete the process
    www.swgloballlc.com
3. Supporting Documents

Tourism

  1. Passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. Completed and signed online visa application form
  3. Proof of online payment
  4. One recent passport sized photograph
  5. Flight booking or copy of air ticket
  6. Letter of invitation by organization or photocopy of the data page of the passport if invited by a Nigerian citizen
  7. Photocopy of the data page of applicant’s passport and previous Nigerian visas issued if any
  8. Proof of Hotel accommodation in Nigeria
  9. Evidence of enough fund to sustain the stay
  10. For minors include the Birth Certificates and Marriage Certificate as well as data page of passports from both parents.

Transit

  1. Passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. Completed and signed online visa application form
  3. Proof of online payment
  4. One recent passport sized photograph
  5. Flight booking or copy of air ticket
  6. Valid visa to onward destination outside Nigeria

Business

  1. Passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. Completed and signed online visa application form
  3. Proof of online payment
  4. One recent passport sized photograph
  5. Flight booking or copy of air ticket
  6. Photocopy of the data page of applicant’s passport and previous Nigerian visas issued if any
  7. Letter of invitation from the Nigerian company indicating the RC number
  8. Affiliation letter from company you work for in South Africa
  9. Evidence of sufficient funds to sustain the stay if the inviting party doesn’t cover the cost
  10. Proof of Residence/Work Permit or Business visa for non-South Africans

STR

  1. Passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. Completed and signed online visa application form
  3. Proof of online payment
  4. One recent passport sized photograph
  5. Flight booking or copy of air ticket
  6. Photocopy of the data page of applicant’s passport and previous Nigerian visas Contract Letter with the company
  7. Acceptance Letter of employment by the expatriate
  8. Expatriate quota approval from the Ministry of Interior
  9. Credentials (academic certificates) and curriculum vitae
  10. Operational license to establish in Nigeria
  11. Offer of employment letter and contract of employment

*Please provide four copies of all supporting documents
*Academic credentials must be translated into English and certified

Accompanying spouse/parents
(STR)

  1. Four copies of all supporting documents for STR visa
  2. Photocopy of principal immigrant’s entry visa and residence (CERPAC) card
  3. Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate with data page of both parent’s passports

TWP

  1. Passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. Completed and signed online visa application form
  3. Proof of online payment
  4. One recent passport sized photograph
  5. Flight booking or copy of air ticket
  6. Photocopy of the data page of applicant’s passport and previous Nigerian visas issued if any
  7. Letter of invitation from the Nigerian company indicating the RC number
  8. Operational license to establish in Nigeria
  9. Telegram from the Nigerian Immigration service conveying the approval number

Diplomatic

  1. Passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. Completed and signed online visa application form
  3. One recent passport sized photograph
  4. Note Verbal
4. Pay repatriation fee or administration fee for three years business

Type

Repatriation Fee

Administration Fee

Who pays

First-time travellers to Nigeria on a South African passport (Not for STR or TWP)

Applicants who apply for a three years business visa

Amount

R6000

R108

Type

Refundable

Non-refundable

Bank Account

Standard Bank
Account: 254549489
Branch: Hatfield 011545

Standard Bank
Account: 331942038
Branch: Hatfield 011545

How to claim the Repatriation fee:
Letter to the High Commission including the following:

  • Bank account holder’s name with the name of the bank, account number and branch code
  • Copy of the proof of payment of the repatriation fee
  • Copy of the data page of the passport and stamped proof of entry and exit in Nigeria

Please note:

  • Refunds will be made into a savings account only
  • Refunds take not less than two weeks if all above conditions are met
  • Refund will be less R350 which is bank charges for the transaction
5. Submission and Collection
Submission
Mondays             10:00 – 14:00
Collection
Fridays                10:00 – 14:00
  • Normal Applications take five (5) working days to be processed
  • STR and TWP take ten (10) working days to be processed
  • Diplomatic and Official visas take 48 hours and can be submitted or collected any day between 10:00 – 14:00
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I pay for my visa?
The application on SW Global can only be paid using a credit card and only if the name on the application form corresponds with the name on the credit card.
Why is my Credit Card not accepted?
SW Global is the official payment authority and they only accept Visa cards, not Master, Diners or Amex.
Where do I pay the repatriation fee?
You will have to make a cash deposit of R6 000 at Standard Bank and submit the proof with your application form.
Where can I get support?
You can contact SW Global on +1-203-364-5122 or email 7support@swgloballlc.com. Alternatively you can email the High Commission on nhcp@telkomsa.net or send a fax to 012 342 0718
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