Apply for a visa

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Step-by-step guide

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  • Identify visa type

    Choose the right visa for your trip

    Before booking an appointment, you are kindly invited to:

    Visit the official website FRANCE-VISAS.

    The first step is to determine which visa type you need, and check whether you’re eligible to apply for it.

    The procedure is as follows:
    • First, you have to register on the France-Visas website, which is the website of the French Authorities,
    • Then you have to book an appointment online on VFS.Global website and pay the VFS.Global service fee online,
    • Lastly, you have to submit your visa application at the VFS.Global Visa application Center.
  • Begin your application

    Get started with your visa application

    On the FRANCE-VISAS website, click on “2. Start your visa application”: create an account and answer the questions on-line (your visa application form will be automatically filled in and available for printing);

    At the end of the visa application form filling process, a list of supporting documents and the amount of visa fees will be displayed;

    Then you are invited to click on the France-Visas page to get the necessary information regarding appointments.

  • Book an appointment

    Choose a Visa Application Centre and make an appointment

      • Appointments are made available for booking up to 90 days from current date. If message “No Slots Available” is displayed, you should try again in a few days’ time.

      • Appointments are made available for booking up to 90 days from current date. If message “No Slots Available” is displayed, you should try again in a few days’ time.

      • You can only book one appointment per person (no duplicate appointment allowed by the system).

      • You have to choose between Lagos and Abuja (booking appointment in both cities is not possible).

      • You have to show up on time for your appointment. Entry into VFS.Global application Center is allowed 15 minutes ahead of time and 15 minutes after. Beyond this time, your appointment will be cancelled.

      • No-show at booked appointment will prevent you from booking another appointment for 15 days.

      • Booked appointments can be re-scheduled online only once until 48 hours before initial scheduled appointment. Should you really need to re-schedule for tangible reason within 48 hours before scheduled appointment, please send an email with detailed justification to visas.lagos-fslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr for Lagos and to visas.abuja-fslt@diplomatie.gouv.fr for Abuja.

      • In case of no-show service fee cannot be refunded.

      It is highly recommended to determine which visa type  you need before you proceed to book appointment.

      For Booking an appointment for France-Nigeria Visa Application Centre click here

  • Pay your fees

    Find out the amount you need to pay

    • VFS.Global service fee.

    • In order to finalize your booking, you have to pay the VFS.Global service fee on this website. The procedure is secured. The amount of the VFS.Global service fee is 9 300 NGN. But you can also choose to pay for optional services as proposed by the system if you wish. So, before starting booking an appointment, please make sure you have your payment card with you. Please note that booking an appointment online is included in the VFS.Global fee : please avoid anyone trying to charge you to take an appointment online in your name.

    • The visa fee.

    • You will pay the visa fee with your payment card only at the point of submitting your application at the VFS.Global application Center. The cost varies, depending on the type of visa you need.

  • Visit a Visa Application Centre

    Attend your scheduled appointment

    You’ll have to submit your complete visa application form at a Visa Application Centre in person, unless instructed otherwise.

  • Track your application

    Stay informed about the progress of your application

    You will receive an email update and an SMS when your passport has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. 

    You can also track your visa application status online from the France-Visas website (under “4. Track your application”):

    Use the Reference Number present on the invoice/receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre along with your last name to access this service.

  • Collect your passport

    Receive your passport from the Visa Application Centre

    After a visa application decision has been made, you can pick up your documents from the Visa Application Centre or optionally, have your documents returned to you by courier for an additional fee.

    For some Visa Application Centres, your documents will only be returned via courier. Please check with the Visa Application Centre at time of your appointment for the options available to collect your documents.

  • Additional Services

    Courier Service

    Zone 1- NGN 2700

    Zone 2- NGN 3700

    Zone 3- NGN 4150

    Zone 4- NGN 4500

    Kindly click here to know which zone you fall under.

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