How to Write an Appeal Letter After Visa Refusal in Nigeria

Are you among those that recently received Visa refusal? If yes, you can appeal for the visa refusal and receive an immigration tribunal decisions from the consular officers.

There are many samples of appeal letter for visa refusal available online, but you need to the correct format for your visa appeal to given the required attention.

However, in situations where unfair treatment has happened to you, a letter of appeal can help to rectify the situation. An appeal letter allows you to state your side of the story using facts to support your arguments to convince the reader(s) to reconsider your case.

A hard-copy letter of appeal must be written in the business letter format, while an e-mail should be sent to the consular office that handled your visa application in the same format, but without the heading (your return address, their address, and the date).

Appeal Letter Business Format

Appeal Letter Business Format

Visa Appeal Letter Writing

The 1st paragraph should introduce yourself and explain the reasons for writing the letter. Although, it might be difficult, make sure you maintain your tone and emotions in place to show that you could present an objective viewpoint.

Keep your first paragraph as concise and clear as possible you can so that the reader can immediately understand its urgency and what you’re actually talking about in the visa refusal appeal letter

Another paragraph(s) should narrate the account of what happened, and why your appeal needs be granted. Include all of the necessary facts to be able to legitimize your case.

Start by referring to your handbook or guidelines as a person in a group or institution. Also, provide particular times and date when particular events occurred. To write your letter more reader-friendly, use bullet-points any time you need to enumerate.

After doing that, reference testimonials from people related to work, transcript of records, and medical certificate, if this is necessary and may help to facilitate the decision for your visa rejection appeal.

The final part should summarize everything you have previously stated. Repeat the required points that should be elucidated. Also include your information (such email address and phone number) and where you can be reached.

Close your letter by thanking who’s the reader for their time and don’t forget to include your full name at the end of the visa appeal letter.  A sample of the Visa Appeal Letter is provided below:


Dear Sir/Madam,

“Application Reference:”

“I write with reference to my recent application for a credit based facility provided by you, and your subsequent refusal of the facility. Whilst I appreciate I may not have met your specific criteria for the product itself, I would like to appeal your decision because I feel I have underlying facts that may make you reconsider”.

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“I trust my appeal will be looked at more favourably than my original application and remember, I’m only a phone call away should you require anything clarifying or require sight of additional documentation; which will assist in you reversing the original decision and allow me the facility applied for, or an alternative as you may see fit”.

“I’d be more than happy to close an existing account down to lower my liabilities but personally I think my situation is extremely good, all things considered, and I do lead a very comfortable lifestyle as you can see from my bank statements”.

“Please spend a few moments looking at the additional information attached with my appeal. In the meantime, I look forward to your response, hopefully with better news than last time, and to a future working relationship as my main credit card provider. If, in the meantime you require any additional info please get back to me”.

“Yours faithfully,

Specimen Signature

Applicant Name”

If you’re wondering when to apply again if your Visa was denied, read If U.S Visa is Rejected When Can I Apply Again?



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  1. Samuel December 1, 2016

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