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From 16th December 2013 all applications for a UK visa must be completed using our online application system and paid for online in US Dollars.
Payment can be made using Verve debit card, Visa or MasterCard credit or debit cards or the e-wallet PAGA.
The move to online application and payments will deliver a streamlined application process and is consistent with a wider global trend to online transactions and payments.
It meets the requirements of the UK Government’s Digital by Default initiative and will help cut costs in the management of the visas operation, which in turn helps to keep visa fees down.
It will also be a safer system for both customers and staff as it reduces the risk associated with handling large amounts of cash during the visa application process.
The British High Commission would like to clarify the issue of on-line visa payments, which has recently been the subject of news reports.
Earlier this month, the UK introduced compulsory on-line payments for visas and announced that the cost of those visas would be denominated in US dollars. This is purely an accounting measure. As before, Nigerians with a Naira credit or debit card can pay for visas using their Naira account. Although the visa fee will be denominated in dollars, the payment will be deducted from their account in Naira. There is no need for anyone to have a dollar account.