The United Kingdom (UK) government has lifted the pause on processing visitor visas in all countries previously on the red list, including Nigeria.
The UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) announced this in a statement on Wednesday.
The government said it lifted the pause due to the removal of Nigeria and other countries from red list restrictions over the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
“From 4:00 am on 15th December, all countries currently on the red list will be removed. In line with the lifting of red list restrictions, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will lift the pause on processing visitor visas in all countries previously on the red list,” the statement reads.
“Due to extremely high global demand, standard UK visitor visas are currently taking significantly longer than usual to be processed.
“UKVI are working hard to process visitor visa applications as soon as possible and sincerely apologise to all our customers affected.
“Non-visitor visa applications (including student and work visas) are still being processed within published service standards, and we are working hard to meet customer demand.