National visa / Long term visa

Pässe mit verschiedenen Visa

Pässe mit verschiedenen Visa, © Colourbox

05.10.2023 - Article

The National visa is the entry visa for a long-term stay (over 90 days)

The National Visa is the entry visa for a long-term stay for a specific travel purpose. It is usually issued for 90 days, in certain cases up to one year. After entry, a domestic residence title must usually be applied for.

Responsible mission abroad

The German Embassy Abuja only processes national visa applications to a very limited extent.

The Embassy in Abuja is responsible for you if you have your residence in one of the following federal states:

FCT, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Nassarawa, Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno


one of the following cases applies to you

  • Spouses and children of Germans only if a German birht/marriage certifcate can be produced for ALL travelers OR the document verification process has already been done with a positive outcome
  • Members of the Diplomatic Corps in Abuja (+ spouse and children) and staff of diplomatic missions for accreditation in Germany
  • Participants in visitor programmes organised by German federal authorities (only if costs are fully covered).
  • Scholarship holders whose scholarship is paid from public funds
  • Participants in conferences / training courses organised by the federal authorities / political foundations / GIZ, if costs are fully covered.
  • Re-entry visas if you have lost your residence permit

In all other cases, the Consulate General in Lagos is responsible for your visa application.

Application preparation

Prepare your application in the following steps

Keep in mind that the demand for appointments is very high! Therefore, make sure you make an appointment in good time.

Submitting your application

To submit your application, please appear in person for your appointment at the mission. At this appointment, you will hand in your complete application documents and pay the fee (€75 to be paid in Nigerian Naira at the current exchange rate). At the Consulate General in Lagos, the fees can only be paid with POS. The Embassy in Abuja exclusively accepts cash payments.
Your photo and fingerprints will also be taken.

Application processing

The German mission abroad will check whether your application meets the legal requirements and and decide on your application. Depending on the purpose of the journey, this examination may take up to one year. As soon as a decision has been made on your application, you will be contacted by the German mission abroad. Please understand that questions regarding the processing status cannot be answered during this time.

Return of the passport

As soon as the German mission abroad has decided on your application, you will receive your passport and your original documents back.

If your visa application has been rejected, this may be for various reasons. We will inform you of these reasons in a rejection letter.

Safe travels! Information for visa-holder

If all the information on your visa label is correct, nothing stands in the way of your journey. Please check this as soon as you have your passport back in your hands. Please inform us immediately of any errors so that we can issue you with a new visa.
The issuance of a visa does not constitute a right to enter the country. The final decision is made by the border police at the time of entry control into the federal territory. It is possible that the border police will ask you to present documents in addition to your passport with the valid visa upon entry. You should therefore take a set of your visa documents with you on your journey.​​​​​​​

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