About NIS

History

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has witnessed series of changes since it was extracted from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in 1958. The Immigration Department as it was known then was entrusted with the core Immigration duties under the headship of the Chief Federal Immigration Officer (CFIO). The department in its embryo inherited the Immigration Ordinance of 1958 for its operation. At inception the department had a narrow operational scope and maintained a low profile and simple approach in attaining the desired goals and objectives of the government. During this period, only the Visa and Business Sections were set up.

On August 1st, 1963, Immigration Department came of age when it was formally established by an Act of Parliament (Cap 171, Laws of the Federation Nigeria). The head of the Department then was the Director of Immigration. Thus, the first set of Immigration officers were former NPF officers. It became a department under the control and supervision of the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs (FMIA) as a Civil Service outfit.

Mission statement
  1. Our resolve is to have an IT driven security outfit that can conveniently address the operational challenges of modern migration.
  2. To give the service a new sense of direction that can make it relevant at all times to the world security order and global trend.
Operational Structure

The Service has three (3) Directorates, Eight Zonal offices, Thirty-Six State Commands & Federal Capital Territory and Immigration offices in the 774 local government areas.

The three Directorates are:

Finance, Administration & Technical Services(FATS)
The FATS directorate is statutorily charged with the responsibility of policy initiation, formulation, articulation and implementation.
It is equally responsible for the financial management, recruitment, discipline, postings, deployments and promotion of officers and men of the Service.
Operations, Passport, Border Patrol, ECOWAS & African Affairs
It is responsible for the provision of various immigration facilities such as:
  • Visa
  • CERPAC
  • Passports
Investigation, Inspectorate and Enforcement

Investigation, Inspectorate and Enforcement is a Directorate of the Nigeria charged with the following responsibilities:

Investigation and Aliens Control :
(I) Detection, Screening and investigation of violations and abuses of Immigration Laws and regulations
Visa Types

CATEGORIES OF VISAS AVAILABLE TO EXPATRIATES DESIROUS OF TRAVELING TO NIGERIA FOR VARIOUS REASONS & PURPOSES

Nigerian Visas are obtained in the Countries where applicants are domiciled or the nearest Nigerian Mission nearest to their Countries of residence.

  • Transit Visa / Entry Permit
    Who qualifies
    - Transiting passengers with confirmed Visa to onward destination other than Nigeria
    - Seamen/pilots

    Requirements for the issuance of Transit Visa

    • Valid passport with minimum of 6 months validity
    • Valid visa to onward destination outside Nigeria
    • Confirmed Airline ticket to final destination
    • Evidence of funds

  • Direct Transit Visa (airside) / Entry Permit

    Who qualifies
    - Transiting passengers with confirmed Visa to onward destination other than Nigeria
    - Seamen/ Pilots signing on
    Requirements for the issuance of Direct Transit Visa (airside)/ Entry Permit

    • Passport with minimum of 6 months validity
    • Valid visa to onward destination outside Nigeria
    • Confirmed Airline ticket to final destination
    • Evidence of sufficient funds
    Validity
    - Validity of stay is 48 hours.
    - Not valid for employment

  • Business Visa / Entry Permit

    Who qualifies
    Business men and Investors coming to Nigeria for business discussions Obtainable from Nigerian Missions abroad
    Requirements for the issuance of Business Visa / Entry Permit

    • Evidence of sufficient funds
    • A valid return ticket
    • Acceptance of IR (Immigration Responsibilities)
    • Evidence of sufficient funds to maintain one's self in the country
    • A letter of invitation from a company in Nigeria, accepting full immigration responsibility
    Validity
    - Validity of stay is 90 days but extendable - Not valid for employment

  • Tourist Visa / Entry Permit

    Who qualifies
    - Persons wishing to visit Nigeria for the purpose of tourism
    - Individuals who want to visit family members
    Requirements for the issuance of Tourist Visa / Entry Permit

    • Valid passport with minimum of 6 months validity
    • Valid Visa to onward destination
    • Valid Airline return ticket
    • Evidence of funds
    • Evidence of Hotel reservation
    • Acceptance of IR (Immigration Responsibility)
    Validity
    - Not valid for employment

  • Diplomatic Visa / Entry Permit

    Who qualifies

    • Visiting Heads of States and their families
    • Top officials of Government and their families
    • Diplomats and their families
    • Holders of United Nations Diplomatic Passport and Laisser passes
    • members of accredited Diplomatic Missions
    • members of International organizations
    • members of accredited International non governmental organizations 
    Requirements for the issuance of Official / Diplomatic Visa / Entry Permit
    • Valid standard, official or diplomatic  passports
    • Note Verbale
    • Obtainable from Nigerian Missions abroad

  • Subject to Regularization Visa / Entry Permit

    Who qualifies
    Expatriates employed by individuals, corporate bodies or governments (i.e. to take up employment in Nigeria)
    Requirements for the issuance of STR Visa / Entry Permit

    • Valid passport with minimum of 6 months validity
    • Letter of employment
    • Expatriate quota approval
    • Credentials of the applicant
    • Duly completed form IMM 22
    • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    • For chief executive officers (C.E.O) of corporate organizations, there is need for extract of the minutes of the Board's resolution
    • Obtainable only from Nigerian Missions in the countries where applicants are domiciled for at least six (6) months
    • Receipt of online payment of visa fee.

  • Temporary Work Permit Visa / Entry Permit

    Who qualifies
    - Experts invited by corporate bodies to provide specialized skilled services, such as after sales installation , maintenance, repairs of machines & equipment
    Requirements for the issuance of Temporary work permit (TWP)

    • Confirmed Airline Return ticket
    • Acceptance of IR (Immigration Responsibility) by inviting organizations or individual.
    • Obtainable only from the office of the Comptroller General of Immigration in the Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters, Abuja.

Explanatory Note:
    IR means acceptance of Immigration Responsibility which includes but not limited to
  • Accommodation/feeding
  • Transportation
  • and if need be the cost of repatriation or deportation

Expatriate Quota
REVISED GUIDELINE(S) ON BUSINESS PERMIT AND QUOTA

INTRODUCTION

The Citizenship and Business Department has responsibility for administering and enforcing the provisions of the immigration Act, 1963 relate to the establishment of business in Nigeria and the employment of expatriates. In other Words, the Department is entrusted principally with the following responsibilities;

  1. Issuance of Business Permit and expatriate Quota positions
  2. Monitoring the execution of the quota positions granted in order to ensure effective transfer of technology to Nigerians and eventual indigenization of the positions occupied by the Expatriates.
GENERAL RULES APPLICABLE TO ALL COMPANIES

Every enterprise, desirous of obtaining Business Permit and Expatriate Quota, is to submit an application to that effect to the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs on Form T/1 designed for that purpose Companies are, however, to note that emphasis would be placed on employment of Nigerians to understudy the foreign experts for the purpose of training them, to enable the understudies acquire relevant skills for the eventual take-over of the expatriate quota positions. Renewal of quotas granted will not be automatic but considered on merit based on submission of the required documents, as specified in paragraph 3 (C) of this Handbook.


GRANT OF BUSINESS PERMIT / EXPATRIATE QUOTA POSITION

All applications by companies for Business Permit and expatriate Quota should be accompanied by the following documents:

  1. BUSINESS PERMIT
    For only Joint Venture and wholly Foreign owned Companies.
    1. Completed Immigration Form T/1
    2. Certificate of Incorporation
    3. Memorandum and Article of Association
    4. Feasibility Report (should be certified or registered with Corporate Affairs commission (CAC)
    5. Corporate Affairs Commission’s Form CAC 2.3 ^ 2.5 of CAC C02 & C07
    6. Joint Venture Agreement for partnership venture between Nigerian and foreigners (original to be presented for sighting)
    7. Company’s Current Tax Clearance Certificate (Original to be presented for sighting)
    8. Lease agreement for C of O for opening premises (original to be presented for sighting)

    NOTE:
    For Business permit, the Authorized share capital must not be less than N10 million in respect of each Company.

  2. GRANT OF EXPATRIATE QUOTA ONLY
    Same documents as in (a) above plus:
    1. Evidence of imported machinery, such as, Form M, Proforma invoice, Shipping documents and Clean Certificate of Inspection issued by Government appointed Pre-shipment Inspection Agents.
    2. License / Permit / Certificate from relevant Government Agencies / department / ministries for the operation or execution of project if company is engaged in oil services, health care services, fishing, mining, constructions (Work Registration Board), etc (original to be presented for sighting)
    3. Evidence of work at hand, its duration and value attached to the contract(s) if the company is engaged in building, civil engineering, construction, etc (original to be presented for sighting)
    4. Proposed annual salaries to be paid to the expatriates to be recruited indicating designation, names, jobs description and qualifications (CV and copies of credentials of expatriate to be attached).
  3. RENEWAL OF EXPATRIATES QUOTA
    1. Completed Immigration Form /T2
    2. Corporate Tax Clearance Certificate (original to be presented for sighting)
    3. Current Tax Clearance certificate of the expatriate (original to be presented for sighting)
    4. Expatriate Quota Returns for the three months preceding the date of approval.
    5. Detailed Training programme for Nigerians
    6. List of Nigerians understudying expatriate on prescribed formats showing date employed, qualification, etc.
    7. List of Nigerian Senior/Management Staffs showing names, designations, qualifications, salaries per annum
    8. Certificate Current Audited Accounts
    9. Annual income tax Clearance certificate of the Expatriate staff (original to be presented fro sighting);

  4. ADDITIONAL EXPATRIATE QUOTA
    Same documents as for renewal of expatriate quota plus:
    1. Evidence of acquired machinery or expansion of company is engaged in manufacturing in the form of Clean Certificate of inspection (CCI) issued by Government appointed Pre shipment inspection Agents
    2. Evidence of new contract if Company is engaged in construction/engineering and oil (original to be presented for Sighting) see  b (ii) for guidance
    3. Evidence of acquired farm / factory if Company is engaged in agro-allied business (original to be presented for sighting).
  5. RESTORATIONS OF QUOTA
    In applying for restoration, there must be reasons and proof for the reactivation and revitalizing the company i.e. previously depressed economy, increased demand for the Company’s product / services and acquisition of new machinery i.e. Clean Certificate of Inspection (CCI) issued by Government appointed Pre-shipment inspection
    AGENTS.
  6. REDESIGNATION OF QUOTA
    In case where a Company has difficulty in filling or owing to exigency of Operations, it is at liberty to apply for the re-designation of the affected position and this will be considered, purely on its own merit.
  7. PERMANENT UNTIL REVIEWED QUOTA – (P.U.R)
    The main reason for the granting of P.U.R quota slot for which a Certificate would be issued, is to enable the foreign subscriber(s) adequately protect their interest and to give them a sense of greater commitment. The criteria and documents required for P.U.R are:
    1. Minimum share capital should be N10 Million
    2. Appreciable net profit of which not less than N2 million has been paid as Corporate Tax (original to be presented for sighting)
    3. Certified and Detailed Audited Account
    4. Certificate of Incorporation
    5. Monthly Returns of Expatriate Quota
    6. Company Organisation Structure
    7. Individual Income tax Clearance Certificate of the expatriates (original to be presented for sighting).

    NOTE:
    Other factors that would also be considered when considering P.U.R request include:
    1. political / policy direction of Government.
    2. company’s area of business to fall within priority sectors of the economy.
    3. Evidence that P/U.R would guarantee Technology transfer.
    4. Company should have large quota portfolio and Corresponding share holding as an added qualification.
  8. QUOTA FOR INDIGENOUS COMPANY (FULLY-OWNED BY NIGERIANS
    Same documents as in (b) above except Joint Venture Agreement
  9. WHOLLY-OWNED FOREIGN COMPANY
    1. Same documents as in (a) & (b) above except Joint venture Agreement
    2. Share Capital must not be less than N10 Million.

  10. AMENDMENT OF BUSINESS PERMIT

    1. Board Resolution on the changes in either the composition of the Board of directors, location of business or line of activities duly registered with Corporate Affairs Commission
    2. Extract of Minute of Board of Directors Meeting showing decision taken and attendance.
    3. Evidence of resignation / appointment of Directors (old & new) where applicable
    4. Company Current Tax Clearance Certificate (original to be presented for sighting);

      NOTE:
      Board Resolution should indicate names of Directors present at the meeting and must be fully signed by the Chairman and Company Secretary.

  11. FEES PAYABLE FOR SERVICES RENDERED
    From time to time, fees payable for services rendered are subject to review. The currently reviewed fees are as follows:
    S/N DESCRIPTION COST (N)
    1. Processing fees 25,000
    2. Grant of Establishment Quota(Per Slot) 10,000
    3. Renewal of Quota Position (Per Slot) 5,000
    4. Additional quota (Per Slot)  10,000
    5. Stay of Action  5,000
    6. Grant of Business permit 50,000
    7. Amendment of Business permit 25000
    8. Regarding of quota (per slot) 10,000
    9. Appeal Processing fee  10,000
    10. Restoration of Lapsed quota 55,000
    11. upgrading of quota to P.V.R (Per Slot) $10,000
    12. Re-designation of  P.U.R slot (GM  to MD or MD to GM etc) $10,000
    13. Detagging / Extension of quota(Per Slot) 10,000
    14 Revalidation of Lapsed quota(Per Slot) 10,000
    15 Penalty for late submission of Renewal of private license 150,000
CERPAC

What Is CERPAC ?
CERPAC IS THE ACRONYM FOR COMBINED EXPATRIATE RESIDENCE PERMIT AND ALIENS CARD.

Who qualifies
Expatriates resident or working in Nigeria

  1. INTRODUCTION AND REQUIREMENTS
    CERPAC FORMS:
    1. CR (Concessionary) forms are meant for Missionaries, Students,  on ECOWAS African Nationals and Cameroonians
    2. AO forms are for other Nationals and persons with special  Immigrant status.
    3. AR forms are for Exempted Persons (Diplomats, Government officials, NGO’s and Niger-wives).
      1. AR forms are issued at the Immigration Service quarters and State Commands all over the Federation.
      2. CR & AO forms are obtainable from Afribank Nigeria Plc.

    CERPAC GUIDELINE(S)

      1. The CERPAC form as endorsed is  valid for three (3) months from the date of purchase.
      2. Two forms are endorsed with this Booklet Guideline(s) as sample at the point of collection of the CERPAC pack.
        1. Please read through both forms carefully before completing them.
        2. Use a black ball point pen and complete the forms in capital letters .
  2. Please Note the following:
    1. The envelope containing this CERPAC Pack should be preserved and used in submitting your forms and documents after completion.
    2. All fees paid to obtain forms are not refundable.
    3. In the event of loss of form(s), replacement will be treated as a new issue and will attract the original fees.
    4. Any erasures, cancellation, or defacement of any sort shall render the form(s) void.
    5. Any form(s) voided as in 2.4 (above) must be returned as a complete set to the bank of purchase for replacement. Such replacement will attract a service charge and pack cost of N2,500(Two Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) payable to the Bank.
    1. Three (3) Nos. “2 x 2” passport  photographs on white background should be submitted with the completed forms.  One of the photographs should be attached to the bottom right-hand side of the CERPAC form titled “Receipt and Temporary Card
    2. You are required to append your signature beside your photograph attached on the form (as in 3.1 above)
    3. Enclose also one (1) No. facial portrait measuring 4' x 3' (inch) white background
  3. All completed forms and documents should be submitted to the Immigration State Command where your file(s) is (are) located, for Verification and Clearance.
  4. At the time of submitting the completed forms and documents, you will be required to present your original Passport for verification of the documents presented.
  5. When your forms and documents are received, verified and endorsed by the relevant Immigration State Command, an Immigration/CERPAC Stamp will be applied to your Receipt/Temporary Card. Please ensure that the Receipt/ Temporary Card is authenticated and returned to you. You will also be required to physically come into a CERPAC office for the capture of your Digital Personal Identification.
    Special Immigrant Status
    1. Special Immigrant Status: These are expatriates married to Nigerian Women
    2. Formal letter of request from Nigerian wife accepting Immigration Responsibility.
    3. Formal letter of request from the husband.
    4. Photocopies of the first five (5) pages of wife’s ria Standard passport.
    5. Photocopy of marriage Certificate.
    6. Duly completed form IMM22 in triplicate copies with three (3) recent passport photographs.
    7. Applicant’s National Passport.
  6. CERPAC FEES
    S.No. CATEGORY FORM ISSUED CERPAC 1 YR CERPAC 2 YRS
    1 MISSIONARY CR
    $200
    $400
    2 STUDENTS CR
    $200
    $400
    3 NON ECOWAS AFRICAN NATIONALS CR
    $200
    $400
    4 CAMEROONIANS
    $240
    $480
    5 OTHERS AO
    $350
    $700
    Payment in Naira Equivalent.
  7. Exempted Persons:
    Exempted Persons (Diplomats, Government Officials (GO’s), Niger-wives, Non Governmental Organization (NGO’s) are to be issued CERPAC Gratis.
  8. CERPAC validity:
    The validity of CERPAC is two (2) years.
  9. Requirements :
    In addition to the above guideline(s), the following are additional requirements for the issuance of CERPAC in the various categories.
    1. Regularisation of Stay
      1. Application letter from the employer requesting Regularization of stay and accepting Immigration       Responsibility (IR) on behalf of the expatriate.
      2. Letter of Appointment/Employment
      3. Acceptance of offer of Appointment/Employment.
      4. Form IMM22 with three (3) Passport –size photograph.
      5. Quota Approval
      6. Vetted Credentials
      7. Valid Passport with STR (Subject to Regularization) (Employment) visa and photocopies of relevant pages.
    2. REGULARIZATION OF FOREIGN STUDENTS AT OUR HIGHER  INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING
      • Formal letter of application for regularization from student
      • Letter of recommendation from the Institution and acceptance of
      Immigration responsibility
      • A copy of his Admission letter
      • A copy of letter of acceptance
      • Evidence of payment of School fees.
      Photocopy of relevant pages of the applicant's passport including the page of relevant visa.
    3. EXEMPTED PERSONS
      • Diplomats
      • Formal letter of request from Embassy
      • National Passport of Diplomat with diplomatic visa endorsement and photocopies of relevant pages.
      • Letter of Accreditation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
      • Duly completed form IMM22 in triplicates with three (3) recent Passport photographs.
    4. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
      • Government Officials (GO’s)
      • Formal letter of request from employer accepting Immigration Responsibility (I.R.)
      • Personal letter of request from applicant.
      • Letter of offer of employment
      • Personal letter of acceptance of offer
      • Duly completed form IMM22 in triplicate copies with three (3) recent Passport photograph.
      • National Passport of applicant with GO visa Endorsement and photocopies of relevant pages of passport.
      • Photocopies of vetted credentials
    5. NIGER-WIVES
      • Niger-wives:
      • Formal letter of request from Nigerian husband accepting Immigration Responsibility.
      • Formal letter of request from the wife.
      • Photocopies of the first five (5) pages of husband’s Nigeria Standard passport.
      • Photocopy of marriage Certificate.
      • Duly completed form IMM22 in triplicate copies with three (3) recent passport photographs.
      • Applicant’s National Passport.
    6. NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
      • Non Governmental Organizations (NGO'S)
      • Formal letter of request from the NGO accepting Immigration Responsibility I.R.
      • Personal letter of request from applicant.
      • Letter of offer of employment
      • Personal letter of acceptance of offer.
      • Duly completed form IMM22 in triplicates with three (3) recent passport photographs.
      • National Passport of applicant with STR visa endorsement and photocopies of relevant pages of passport.
      • Letter from National Planning Commission (NPC).
    7. OTHERS: FREE ZONES (EPZ,ETC,PTZ,GTZ)
      1. Formal letter of request from the Free Zones accepting I.R.
      2. Personal letter of request from applicant.
      3. Letter of offer of employment.
      4. Personal letter of acceptance of offer.
      5. Duly completed form IMM22 in triplicate with three (3)passport photographs
      6. National Passport of applicant with STR visa endorsement and photocopies of relevant pages of passport.
      7. Photocopy of Certificate of Grant of Status
    8. RENEWAL/REPLACEMENT OF CERPAC
      1. Renewal/Replacement
      2. Application letter from the Employer requesting for renewal/replacement of Residence Card and accepting I.R.
      3. Quota approval
      4. The Expiring Resident Card (Original)
      5. Valid Passport and photocopies of relevant pages.
    9. CHANGE OF EMPLOYMENT
      1. Application from the new Employer requesting change of employment and accepting Immigration Responsibility I.R.
      2. Letter of Appointment/Employment
      3. Acceptance of offer of Appointment/Employment.
      4. Letter of no objection from the previous Employer.
      5. Quota Approval
      6. Valid Passport.
    10. RE-DESIGNATION
      1. Application letter from Employer requesting Re-designation and accepting Immigration Responsibility I.R.
      2. Quota Approval
      3. Current Residence Immigration Responsibility (Original)
      4. Valid Passport and photocopies of relevant pages.
    11. DEPENDANTS
      1. Application  from the Employer of the Principal Immigrant requesting Regularization or Renewal.
      2. Valid Passport (with STR visa) and photocopies or relevant pages in case of Regularisation.
      3. Valid Passport of the Principal Immigrant.
      4. Current CERPAC of the Principal Immigrant.
      5. Photocopy of Marriage Certificate case of the wife of the Principal Immigrant)
      6. Form IMM22 with three (3) Passport photographs (in the case of Regularisation).
    12. ALIENS REGISTRATION
      1. Application from the Employer indicating acceptance of Immigration Responsibility I.R.
      2. Valid Passport and photocopies of relevant pages.
      3. Letter of Appointment.
      4. Quota Approval of the Company.
      5. Photocopy of the Applicant’s credentials
      6. Duly completed Forms IMMA.21 and E.20
      7. Four (4) Passport-size photographs.
      8. Current CERPAC (where applicable)
      9. Physical Presence of the applicant.


WHAT IS CERPAC GREEN CARD ?

The CERPAC GREEN CARD is a bonafide document that allows a non-Nigerian to reside in Nigeria and carry out an approved activity as specified in the permit, or to accompany a resident or citizen of Nigeria as a dependant. Possession of a valid CERPAC GREEN CARD does not exempt the holder from having a valid entry or re-entry permit/visa. Holders of resident status in Nigeria who are proceeding on leave or temporary duty outside Nigeria should apply for re-entry permit/visa prior to their departure from Nigeria.
The validity is Two (2) years.

WHAT IS CERPAC BROWN CARD?

Every Alien resident in Nigeria or visiting with the intention to remain in Nigeria in excess of 56 days and crew members leaving their ship and staying ashore in excess of 28 days are required by law to register. Unlike the CERPAC GREEN CARD, the BROWN CARD is, essentially, a movement chart.

Under the new CERPAC Scheme, registration is valid for two years, after which application for revalidation must be made.

ECOWAS

What is ECOWAS ?

It is the acronym for Economic Community of West African States which came into being in May 1975.

ECOWAS Treaty:
To foster the economic integration and shared development  of West African sub-region.

ECOWAS member States:
- Benin
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Cote d'ivoire
- Gambia
- Ghana
- Guinea
- Guinea Bissau
- Liberia
- Mali
- Niger
- Nigeria
- Senegal
- Sierra Leone
- Equatorial Guinea
- Togo

ECOWAS PROTOCOL:
Free Entry within 90days

Right of Residence:
- Right of establishment of business

Free Entry within 90days

Who qualifies?

All Nationals of Countries that are signatories to the ECOWAS treaty of May 1975.

Requirements
- Valid travel documents e.g. Country's Passport or ECOWAS Travel Certificate.
- Admission through approved port of entry.

Validity
- 90 days

Right of Residence
Who qualifies ?

All Nationals of Countries that are signatories to the ECOWAS treaty of May 1975.



Requirements

- Valid travel documents e.g. Country's Passport or ECOWAS Travel Certificate.
- Admission through approved port of entry.
- Procurement of Residence Card, valid for 5 years subject to passport validity.


Right of Establishment of Business

Who qualifies ?


All Nationals of Countries that are signatories to the ECOWAS treaty of May 1975.



Requirements
  1. Valid travel documents e.g. Country's Passport or ECOWAS Travel Certificate.
  2. Admission through approved port of entry.
  3. Procurement of Residence Card, valid for 5 years subject to passport validity.
  4. Registration of business with the Corporate Affairs Commission in accordance with Companies & Allied matters act of 1990
Passports Types

Note:

  • Acknowledgment slip & payment receipt plus 2 recent photographs are applicable in all cases
  • Print out copy of duly completed application form
  • Take printed and signed application forms to Passport office / Embassy / High Commission for further processing
  • A guarantor must attach the following documents
    1. Photocopy of Data page of Nigerian standard Passport
    2. Driving License or National Identity Card



Official Passport

REQUIREMENTS FOR OFFICIAL PASPORT

  1. Letter of introduction from appropriate State Government, Federal Government Ministry / Organization.
  2. Marriage certificate where applicable
  3. Police report in case of lost passport
  4. Letter of appointment / last promotion.
  5. Submit application with supporting documents to passport office / Embassy / High commission
Note:
  • Acknowledgment slip & payment receipt plus 2 recent photographs are applicable in all cases
  • Print out copy of duly completed application form
  • Take printed and signed application forms to Passport office / Embassy / High Commission for further processing
  • A guarantor must attach the following documents
    1. Photocopy of Data page of Nigerian standard Passport
    2. Driving License or National Identity Card 

Standard Nigeria Passport 

Who qualifies?


All Nigerians by birth , naturalization and registration. This is the most commonly used travel document in Nigeria.



Requirements for Obtaining a Standard Nigerian Passport
  1. Local Government letter of identification.
  2. Birth certificate / age declaration.
  3. 2 recent colour passport photographs
  4. Guarantor's form sworn to before a commissioner of Oaths / Magistrate /  High Court Judge
  5. Parents' letter of consent for minors under 16 years
  6. Marriage certificate where applicable
  7. Police report incase of lost passport
  8. Submit application with supporting documents to passport office / Embassy / High commission
Note:
  •  Acknowledgment slip & payment receipt plus 2 recent photographs are applicable in all cases
  • Print out copy of duly completed application form
  • Take printed and signed application forms to Passport office / Embassy / High Commission for further processing
  • A guarantor must attach the following documents
    1. Photocopy of Data page of Nigerian standard Passport
    2. Driving License or National Identity Card 

Seaman's Book Passport 

Who qualifies
This is issued to Nigerians who work on ocean going vessels or watercrafts

REQUIREMENTS FOR SEAMAN'S PASSPORT
  1. Local Government letter of identification
  2. Birth certificate / age declaration
  3. 2 recent colour passport photographs
  4. Submit application with supporting documents to passport office / Embassy / High commission
  Note:
  • Acknowledgment slip & payment receipt plus 2 recent photographs are applicable in all cases
  • Print out copy of duly completed application form
  • Take printed and signed application forms to Passport office / Embassy / High Commission for further processing
  • A guarantor must attach the following documents
    1. Photocopy of Data page of Nigerian standard Passport
    2. Driving License or National Identity Card

ECOWAS Travel Certificate

Who qualifies
All Nationals of Countries that are signatories to the ECOWAS Treaty

Validity
It is valid for travel within the ECOWAS Sub-region

The ECOWAS Travel Certificate serves  dual purpose, namely

(a) Passport:
It is a recognized travel document valid for journeys within the Sixteen (16) Countries of ECOWAS
(b) Form of Identity:
This proves the identity of the holder  a community citizen. It can be held concurrently with the National Passport.

Requirements for Issuance of ECOWAS Travel Certificate

  1. Duly completed application form
  2. Three(3) recent coloured (4x4 cm) passport photographs
  3. Evidence of age (birth certificate or statutory declaration of age)
  4. Letter of Introduction from Employer (for salaried workers only)
  5. Letter of confirmation of Nigerian Citizenship from applicant's Local Government Chairman.

Students and Trainee applicants shall obtain letters of introduction from the heads of their institutions accepting Immigration Responsibility (IR)
Any other document which might be required by any locality as evidence of Nigerian Citizenship.

Validity
A Travel Certificate shall be valid for two (2) years and shall be renewable for a further period of two (2) years.