UK 2020 visa lottery application guidelines & procedures

There are different types of visa application available to many individuals from different countries and the UK visa is no different. The UK 2020 visa lottery application is set to start on the 1st of December 2020.

The purpose for this article is to enlighten the general public interested in applying for the UK visa lottery on the application guidelines and procedures.

Different type of visa requires different documentation, so check your type of visa carefully. All your document need to be in English, or you can as well prepare the translation (if otherwise) before submitting.

You will need to check if you meet the requirements needed for the application of the type of visa that you want. 


1. Study Visa

2. Work Visa

3. Join a spouse/family Visa

4. Visiting Visa

5. Transit Visa


The documents needed are as follows:

I. A copy of your passport biodata page (the page that has your photo). 

ii. A copy of your completed and duly signed visa application form

iii. Copies of latest and valid travel documents or passports (your passport must contain at least a blank page on both sides for the placement of your visa)

iv. Two colour passport-sized photograph

v. Old passport to show the history of your trips (if any) 

vi. Proof of your marriage status (if married), including marriage letters, civil partnership letters (same-sex marriages), divorce papers, or death certificates

vii. Proof of your current work or study. 

viii. Provision of identification cards, proof of employment, a letter of invitation from relatives or friends in United Kingdom (as the case may be) 

ix. Payment of the visa application fee..

x. Proof that you have enough money for your travel to United Kingdom. The amount of money varies, depending largely on the plan and reason for your travel, how long you plan to stay and whether or not you will be staying in a hotel, etc.

NB: 1. For each document that you provide, you must include the original document and a photocopy.

2. If you do not send a photocopy for each document you submit, they may not send back the original document to you.

3. The visa application fee is non-fundable, even in the case of application rejection. 

4. If you have documents that do not appear in English, they must be accompanied by a complete translation that can be independently verified. 

Each translated document must contain:

i. Confirmation from the translator that the document is an accurate translation of the original document;

ii. Date of translation;

iii. The translator’s full name and signature accompanied by the translator’s contact information. 

You can get more information from the United Kingdom visa office in Nigeria.


Visit the UK Visas and Immigration website by clicking here to apply for your visa once you are ready for application. If you apply for a visa on behalf of a family member or other relatives, you will also need all their information and available travel history before you start.

After making a submission and selecting an appointment, you need to pay for a visa. 

This must be done online via the submission portal.

If you don’t have a credit or debit card, you can choose the person who will pay it on your behalf. Some visa application centers can also do it for you for a little fee. 

After paying the visa application fee, you will be given a reference number that starts with GWF.


After application submission you will be required to attend an appointment before your visa application can be processed. 

Your fingerprints and photos will be captured at the visa application center . 

A digital finger scanner device will take prints of your 10 fingers. 

Your photos will be taken with the size of the entire face and will not be allowed to use sunglasses or standard glasses, or cover your head unless this is used for religious or health reasons. Your face must be clear without any coverings over your eyes.

Make sure your fingertips are free of various kinds of decorations, injured, scratched or other signs which will affect your ability to submit acceptable finger scans.

If you are applying for children under the age of 5 they must be present when submitting the visa application file but their Biometric data will not be captured. 

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

NB: Without Biometric data information, your visa application will not be processed.

You will receive an email whenever a decision has been reached on your visa application. If you cannot access e-mail easily, or want more detailed tracking information, you can also choose optional additions and get informed via SMS sent directly to your mobile device. 

You need to do the following once a decision is made on your application:

a. Return to your visa application center to receive your documents

b. Choose whether to collect your own documents, send a representative in your stead, or ask to be sent to you by courier. 

You need the following if you are taking your documents directly: bring a receipt issued by the visa application center and a form of government identification.

If you are sending a representative to retrieve your documents; they must provide a power of attorney signed by you, bring the receipt that was released to you by the visa application center and their government identification.

Good luck!!!

Published by Ernest I.

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