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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Beverlyhills: 5:10pm On Mar 03
Where do you reside? If you have been redirected to lagos kindly do as directed.
Except for reasons like you are relocating to a near by state under the Northern Zone jurisdiction or temporary transfer . If you insist on submitting there you will sign an undertaking which may not bè in your favour.




quote author=Stanleych007 post=87136877]Please I need urgent advice. I was at the VFS Abuja office to submit today and was told that I am meant to submit in Lagos VFS office owing to my residential address. I am almost frustrated considering the fact that I have already traveled from a distance with my wife and little child to submit in Abuja. I was given an option to submit only if I write an undertaken stating reasons why I need to submit my application in Abuja. Please can someone advice me on what option to take and if there’s been anybody who was in this same situation. [/quote]
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Bhorbymills1990: 5:52pm On Mar 03
A friend of mine applied for visa but got rejected due to the following reasons
1. There are reasonable doubts about your intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa.

2. The purpose and circumstances of the intended stay have been insufficiently demonstrated

Should he Appeal or How would he solve this issue on his next application??
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Champora: 10:15pm On Mar 03
By God's grace, I received my visa today. Submitted 17th Feb, it got processed (sent to the embassy) on the 18th, got a notification to pick it up on the 28th. UPS Courier service delivered it to me Tuesday morning at home, 3rd March. Visa was granted. That was my timeline.

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Colourisblack: 10:20pm On Mar 03
Cyberknight:


For a single man, his income of 265k monthly should be enough to finance a holiday for himself without needing any financial assistance from anyone else. I wouldn't mention any financial support from you or his family because it makes no sense for a ostensibly gainfully employed adult to be financed by someone else for a holiday.

The hotel reservation should be in his name. As much as possible, let him try to present the impression that he is able to afford this vacation himself.

The Europeans don't generally scrutinise account flows the way the British do for instance, but he should still avoid making big deposits that serve to inflate his account balance, irrespective of their origin.

Thank you very much sir, I will advise him on what you've mentioned.

Please last question- ideally should he save up a couple months' salary before applying? Or would a balance of #265,000 be suffiecient?
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Champora: 10:27pm On Mar 03
I applied for a Schengen Visa in 2019 from Abuja, and in 2020 from Lagos. My province is in the south (Lagos) but I had gotten instructions from my manager/inviting organization as of 2019, to apply from Abuja. Hence I applied from Abuja without thinking twice and never got any queries about it. By God's grace, the visa was granted. Nonetheless, it was this year that I noted on the VFS website (I can't recall the link), that applicants from Northern Nigeria are to apply from Abuja. And those within the south, Lagos. For many people applying from the far far south like Uyo, honestly, Abuja and Lagos are about the same distance, and in some cases Abuja might seem closest. It's either you write that undertaking with relevant reasons, or you would have to travel back to Lagos. Sorry about this.

Stanleych007:
Please I need urgent advice. I was at the VFS Abuja office to submit today and was told that I am meant to submit in Lagos VFS office owing to my residential address. I am almost frustrated considering the fact that I have already traveled from a distance with my wife and little child to submit in Abuja. I was given an option to submit only if I write an undertaken stating reasons why I need to submit my application in Abuja. Please can someone advice me on what option to take and if there’s been anybody who was in this same situation.

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Cyberknight: 12:11am On Mar 04
Colourisblack:


Thank you very much sir, I will advise him on what you've mentioned.

Please last question- ideally should he save up a couple months' salary before applying? Or would a balance of #265,000 be suffiecient?

There are no hard and fast rules about finances, but generally he should have a balance showing that he is able to afford to travel to Paris, spend a reasonable amount of time there (maybe 10 days to 2 weeks tops), with reasonable expenditure, and return to Nigeria without appearing to have exhausted his funds. Remember that a leisure trip is basically a luxury, as opposed to a trip for medical purposes for instance, so he needs to show that he can afford this luxury.

That having been said, his monthly salary of 265k is more or less the airfare for his Lagos to Paris round-trip, so he can't present a balance of just that. I advise you calculate the rough cost of your trip (use an estimate of an average of 50 - 60 euro expenditure per day excluding accommodation) then convert to naira and double it, at a minimum. I would be looking at a minimum balance of around 2 m and upwards, were I in his shoes,as a first-time traveller, trying to convince the embassy that I was really going for a vacation and would return.

P.S. You've not mentioned where you live (in Nigeria or in France), but note that if the latter, your presence there as his fiancee is not a point in his favour.

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Cyberknight: 12:16am On Mar 04
Bhorbymills1990:
A friend of mine applied for visa but got rejected due to the following reasons
1. There are reasonable doubts about your intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa.

2. The purpose and circumstances of the intended stay have been insufficiently demonstrated

Should he Appeal or How would he solve this issue on his next application??

Provide us with some context about you (your friend) and the application, so we can see if there is anything we can point out as an angle to be worked on. This concerns previous travel history, reason for trip, circumstances in Nigeria, finances, etc.

Unfortunately, the Schengen countries use the generic catch-alls in a form to inform you about rejections, without specifics the way the UK does, for instance, so a lot of detail is needed to try to figure out what the exact denial reason was or could be.

Don't waste time appealing, that takes a whole lot of time, and except its for something very important (like a spouse or student's visa), the purpose of your trip will definitely have lapsed by the time you get through the process.
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by pufframmy: 7:27am On Mar 04
lol
can u share document submitted sir
Champora:
By God's grace, I received my visa today. Submitted 17th Feb, it got processed (sent to the embassy) on the 18th, got a notification to pick it up on the 28th. UPS Courier service delivered it to me Tuesday morning at home, 3rd March. Visa was granted. That was my timeline.
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Colourisblack: 10:15am On Mar 04
Cyberknight:


There are no hard and fast rules about finances, but generally he should have a balance showing that he is able to afford to travel to Paris, spend a reasonable amount of time there (maybe 10 days to 2 weeks tops), with reasonable expenditure, and return to Nigeria without appearing to have exhausted his funds. Remember that a leisure trip is basically a luxury, as opposed to a trip for medical purposes for instance, so he needs to show that he can afford this luxury.

That having been said, his monthly salary of 265k is more or less the airfare for his Lagos to Paris round-trip, so he can't present a balance of just that. I advise you calculate the rough cost of your trip (use an estimate of an average of 50 - 60 euro expenditure per day excluding accommodation) then convert to naira and double it, at a minimum. I would be looking at a minimum balance of around 2 m and upwards, were I in his shoes,as a first-time traveller, trying to convince the embassy that I was really going for a vacation and would return.

P.S. You've not mentioned where you live (in Nigeria or in France), but note that if the latter, your presence there as his fiancee is not a point in his favour.


Thank you very much for your informative response sir, I will inform him of all that you have advised.

I live in London (and will be joining him on the trip), would this be worth mentioning in his introduction letter?

If he was to deposit said amount to increase his bank balance would they question where the funds have appeared from?
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Cyberknight: 11:36am On Mar 04
Colourisblack:



Thank you very much for your informative response sir, I will inform him of all that you have advised.

I live in London (and will be joining him on the trip), would this be worth mentioning in his introduction letter?

If he was to deposit said amount to increase his bank balance would they question where the funds have appeared from?

At the bolded: No, he should not mention having a fiancee in Europe in his introduction letter, it's unnecessary and might prejudice his case.

At the italicised: DO NOT DO THAT. That will definitely be seen as a means of artificially inflating his bank balance.

My advice: Paris is not going anywhere. Let him build up his bank balance gradually and you guys can do something together over the summer or in October.

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Champora: 11:40am On Mar 04
pufframmy:
lol
can u share document submitted sir

- Visa application signed and dated / visa receipt
- Visa Questionnaire (for France they ask you to fill a questionnaire at the VFS center)
- passport booklet
- Passport picture
- CAC registration
- Visa letter/invitation letter
- Travel health insurance
- flight ticket
- accomodation itinerary from Expedia
- my personal bank statement
- A cover letter from me
- My past US, UK and Schengen Visa (all expired anyway)
- Submitted in Lagos

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by pufframmy: 12:21pm On Mar 04
thanks sir for sharing
Champora:


- Visa application signed and dated / visa receipt
- Visa Questionnaire (for France they ask you to fill a questionnaire at the VFS center)
- passport booklet
- Passport picture
- CAC registration
- Visa letter/invitation letter
- Travel health insurance
- flight ticket
- accomodation itinerary from Expedia
- my personal bank statement
- A cover letter from me
- My past US, UK and Schengen Visa (all expired anyway)
- Submitted in Lagos

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Bhorbymills1990: 12:46pm On Mar 04
Cyberknight:


Provide us with some context about you (your friend) and the application, so we can see if there is anything we can point out as an angle to be worked on. This concerns previous travel history, reason for trip, circumstances in Nigeria, finances, etc.

Unfortunately, the Schengen countries use the generic catch-alls in a form to inform you about rejections, without specifics the way the UK does, for instance, so a lot of detail is needed to try to figure out what the exact denial reason was or could be.

Don't waste time appealing, that takes a whole lot of time, and except its for something very important (like a spouse or student's visa), the purpose of your trip will definitely have lapsed by the time you get through the process.

Reason for trip was vacation .. submitted employment letter , leave APPROVAL, letter of INTRODUCTION from the company..

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by HRprof: 2:37pm On Mar 04
Visa approved
Submitted on 24th February
Recieve approval 3rd March
Passport delivered today

Is like a dream after been denied 2 times last year
First time traveller

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Colourisblack: 3:37pm On Mar 04
Cyberknight:


At the bolded: No, he should not mention having a fiancee in Europe in his introduction letter, it's unnecessary and might prejudice his case.

At the italicised: DO NOT DO THAT. That will definitely be seen as a means of artificially inflating his bank balance.

My advice: Paris is not going anywhere. Let him build up his bank balance gradually and you guys can do something together over the summer or in October.

We will do as advised sir, thank you very much for all your help. I'll be sure to notify you of the outcome.

God bless
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Beverlyhills: 3:51pm On Mar 04
Congrats
6 days . Awesome .

uote author=HRprof post=87161443]Visa approved
Submitted on 24th February
Recieve approval 3rd March
Passport delivered today

Is like a dream after been denied 2 times last year
First time traveller [/quote]
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Colourisblack: 4:08pm On Mar 04
HRprof:
Visa approved
Submitted on 24th February
Recieve approval 3rd March
Passport delivered today

Is like a dream after been denied 2 times last year
First time traveller

Congrats!!!!

Please tell us of your experience (reasons of previous rejections, what you have done differently, and what documents submitted please).

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by pufframmy: 5:42pm On Mar 04
congratulation on ur visa kindly share ur new document u submited for others to learn

HRprof:
Visa approved
Submitted on 24th February
Recieve approval 3rd March
Passport delivered today

Is like a dream after been denied 2 times last year
First time traveller
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by HRprof: 6:38pm On Mar 04
Last year I submitted visa application at Abuja on tourist visa with invite from my friend in Paris
Meanwhile, during submission was told to go to Lagos because I came from ph or I sign a document which I choose to sign few week later after submission I got a rejection.

My friend appeal for me in france but we didn't receive any approval till date. I suspected that I was refuse because my invite wrote he will be sponsoring me and provide accommodation but he didn't get attestation for that purpose and French embassy will never disclose that to the applicant as a must in the rejection letter.

Fast toward to last week 24th Feb. I apply in Lagos for a conference.

Document submitted;

Visa Application
Conference invitation and payment conformation of the conference.
CAC documents for my 2 businesses
3 Statement Of account for both business and personal account
Insurance from aiico
Land document
Hotel reservation from expedia, I book hotel closer to the conference venue
flight itiniary
Statement Of purpose written by me
Confirmation letter from my employee confirming that i am the M.D. of the company on my business letterhead.
Professional membership license.
Membership certificate as a member of the international organization hosting the conference.

Visa approve
one months single Entry




Colourisblack:


Congrats!!!!

Please tell us of your experience (reasons of previous rejections, what you have done differently, and what documents submitted please).

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Iyiolapo2010(m): 7:39pm On Mar 04
@HRprof

Congrats pls can u give me the link where u book ur conference

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Iyiolapo2010(m): 8:42pm On Mar 04
@Studyabroad111

Yes that is Nigerian mentality we don't help our self Not New

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by HRprof: 8:52pm On Mar 04
The conference I book has ended their registration on the 1st of March. But you can google other available conference online , there are so many conference online .

Iyiolapo2010:
@HRprof

Congrats pls can u give me the link where u book ur conference
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by ammyfab: 9:44pm On Mar 04
I just recieved my France visa and I saw an attachment on my passport that I was to report to the embassy upon my return. I can’t make it back to Nigeria on the appointment date.Can I go to the embassy at any other date upon my return and what is the implication for future visa application.
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by pufframmy: 10:07pm On Mar 04
what the document submitted

ammyfab:
I just recieved my France visa and I saw an attachment on my passport that I was to report to the embassy upon my return. I can’t make it back to Nigeria on the appointment date.Can I go to the embassy at any other date upon my return and what is the implication for future visa application.

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by pufframmy: 10:08pm On Mar 04
Direct question to all if someone was direct to report back to the embassy upon return and the fellow didnt report back after arriving back to Nigeria is that any effect on next application?
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by ATPx: 10:36pm On Mar 04
ammyfab:
I just recieved my France visa and I saw an attachment on my passport that I was to report to the embassy upon my return. I can’t make it back to Nigeria on the appointment date.Can I go to the embassy at any other date upon my return and what is the implication for future visa application.

No. You don't report to them embassy but rather to VFS Office, Lagos. Don't bother about the date (Plans changes and they know about that) When you return from France, report to VFS as early as possible with your passport and the show up slip. Regards
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Cyberknight: 10:51pm On Mar 04
ammyfab:
I just recieved my France visa and I saw an attachment on my passport that I was to report to the embassy upon my return. I can’t make it back to Nigeria on the appointment date.Can I go to the embassy at any other date upon my return and what is the implication for future visa application.

You don't necessarily have to go on the specified date as the previous poster said; just go as soon as you can upon your return. They just want to know that you went and came back.

If it says report at the embassy, then you go to the embassy. I got such a notice on one of my Schengen visas once and I reported to the embassy.

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by Cyberknight: 10:54pm On Mar 04
pufframmy:
Direct question to all if someone was direct to report back to the embassy upon return and the fellow didnt report back after arriving back to Nigeria is that any effect on next application?

While I don't know of any specific case where this happened, it is reasonable to think that the embassy would not just be handing out those notices for no reason, so some sanction would most likely be attached to failure to "show up", as its called.

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Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by pufframmy: 11:01pm On Mar 04
ok am asking cause i dont know if it affecting me any way
Cyberknight:


While I don't know of any specific case where this happened, it is reasonable to think that the embassy would not just be handing out those notices for no reason, so some sanction would most likely be attached to failure to "show up", as its called.
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by surplusbaba(m): 2:13am On Mar 05
Kindly drop your number. I have an important info to discuss with you
Champora:


- Visa application signed and dated / visa receipt
- Visa Questionnaire (for France they ask you to fill a questionnaire at the VFS center)
- passport booklet
- Passport picture
- CAC registration
- Visa letter/invitation letter
- Travel health insurance
- flight ticket
- accomodation itinerary from Expedia
- my personal bank statement
- A cover letter from me
- My past US, UK and Schengen Visa (all expired anyway)
- Submitted in Lagos
Re: Securing Visa To France, Applying From Nigeria... by surplusbaba(m): 2:16am On Mar 05
Kindly drop ur number. I have an important info to discuss with you. Thanks
HRprof:
Visa approved
Submitted on 24th February
Recieve approval 3rd March
Passport delivered today

Is like a dream after been denied 2 times last year
First time traveller

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