STR VISA (Subject to Regularisation)
This is the type of visa required by foreigners seeking to take up employment in Nigeria. Section 8, sub-section 1, of the Immigration Act provides that "no person, not being a citizen of Nigeria, may take up employment in Nigeria other than employment with the federal or state government without the consent of the Comptroller - General of Immigration". Section 33 of the Act further provides that an application must be made to the Comptroller - General by the prospective employer, in writing, confirming that he/she has a vacancy on the expatriate quota and at the same time stating the position in which prospective employee is to be employed and confirming exceptance of immigration responsibility.
The employer company applies to the Nigerian embassy or consular office in the country where such indending employee/applicant resides, requesting that he (and his accompanying spouse/fiance/children, if applicable) be granted STR visa (subject to regularisation for residents work permit) when he arrives in Nigeria. In such application, the employer company undertakes to assume immigration and other responsibilities for the employee (and his accompanying spouse/fiance/children, if applicable) in Nigeria. The STR visa is issued at Nigerian mission without reference to the Comptroller - General of Immigration provided that the applicant presents specified documents. STR visa is normally given for 90 days without reference during which an application must be made to the Comptroller - General of Immigration, to regularise the stay of the prospective employee, and the person may assume his employment only when such application is approved and a RESIDENCE WORK PERMIT granted.
Registration of Aliens
Having undergone the various legal formalities for residency status, all foreigners are expected to register their presence at the immigration offices closest to their places of residence or occupation. It should be noted that for this purpose, all the state immigration offices are representatives of the Comptroller - General of Immigration and application for regulation should be made to them, which they would refer accordingly, for approval to issue the residence permit.
Temporary Work Permit (T.W.P)
Companies and organisations wishing to engage the services of expatriates for short period assignments, are required to apply direct to the Comptroller - General in Abuja for visa/entry permits for such expatriates. This is the temporary work permit visa and is not issued without reference to the Comptroller - General of Immigration. If such applications are submitted at the Nigerian missions abroad, they must be reffered to the Comptroller - General of Immigration for approval. The temporary assignments which are eligible for such approval include:
- Erection/installation work;
- Feasability studies;
- Repairs of machinery/equipment;
- Auditing od accounts;
- Research work, and such other assignments as may fall into this category.
The visa is normally approved by cablegram sent through NITEL offices in Nigeria to the Mission from where it would be issued. The cost of the transmission is borne by the company/ organisation applying for the fascility. The T.W.P. Visa is given for a period not exceeding 3 months and may be extended for a further period, upon application to the Comptroller - General of Immigration who will determine the desirability of such an extension.
NEW BIOMETRIC PASSPORT
Your Biometric Passport
A new biometric passport also known as the e-passport has been introduced.
We are introducing this new style of passport to help fight fraud and forgery. Your personal details and photo are printed on the front cover. The back of that page also holds an electronic chip and an antenna.
Please make sure your personal details are correct. It is your responsibility to make sure they are right. if there is a mistake, please call any Passport Office immediately and tell them what is wrong.
HOW TO OBTAIN THE E-PASSPORT
− Applicant visits the NIS Website www.immigration.gov.ng completes passport application form and make payment online.
− In addition to completing the online application, the applicant must submit the following along with the printed forms and payment slip:
§ Two passport size photographs
§ A formal application letter addressed to the consulate General of Nigeria
§ Copy of data-page of Applicant's Passport
§ Copy of Guarantor's Standard Nigerian Passport
§ Applicant’s document is the presented at the Passport Office for processing
§ Processing time is approximately 48 hours from time of application and collection is in person.
Your passport is a valuable document. Keep it safe at all times and make sure it does not get lost, stolen or damaged.
Your passport meets standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The personal details on front cover page have two parts. The upper part is for visual inspection. The lower par has a machine-readable zone two lines of print, including chevrons (‘<’s) that can be read by automated passport readers. All the information in this machine-readable zone can also be read by you. The back cover contains an electronic chip and its antenna. The chip stores a copy of your photo, fingerprint and the personal details printed on the front cover page.
The pages of the e-passport showcase landmarks of our nation, our symbol of democracy and our rich cultural heritage.
The chip and antenna are sensitive electronic devices. Please protect your passport and the chip from damage. Your biometric passport must not be bent, torn or damaged in any way, or exposed to very high or very low temperatures, excess moisture, magnetic fields or microwaves.
DO NOT STAPLE ANY DOCUMENT OR YOUR OLD PASSPORT ON EITHER THE FRONT OR THE BACK COVER PAGE AS THIS MAY DAMAGE THE COMPONENTS OF THE E-PASSPORT.
FIGHTING FRAUD AND FORGERY
The new passport will help fight fraud and forgery in several ways. Inside the passport, there are many new security features, including intricate designs, complex watermarks, specialized fibers (which sometimes appear over the photo) and an electronic chip secured by advanced digital encryption techniques. Your passport photo meets strict standard to facilitate the use of facial biometric at international borders.
IF YOUR PASSPORT IS DAMAGED
This passport is designed to cope with normal wear and tear. It is delivered to you in good working order. You must protect it from damage.
If your passport or the chip in it gets damaged, it may prevent you from traveling and you may need to get a replacement passport. Please contact any of our Passport Offices if you need help. Passport fees will apply.
IF YOUR PASSPORT IS LOST OR STOLEN
Report loss or theft immediately to any of our Passport Offices nationwide or if you are abroad, the nearest Nigerian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission. All cases of theft must additionally be reported to the local Police and the crime reference details must be attached to your report.
Reporting lost/stolen passport is necessary to help prevent fraudulent use. The passport information may be shared with appropriate authorities who can assist in locating and recovering the missing passport. Once your passport is recovered, it must not be used again, if found or returned to you, it must be returned to the NIS. For further information on reporting, visit our website www.immigration.gov.ng
RETURNING A LOST PASSPORT
Any found/recovered passport or a passport of a deceased person should be submitted for cancellation to the NIS, the Nigerian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission. For further information on reporting, visit our website www.immigration.gov.ng
IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS
Your passport belongs to the Federal Government of Nigeria and you cannot use it as security for a debt.
Before you travel, make sure your passport is valid and check the entry rules and visa requirements of the country you are going to visit. You can find out about a country’s entry requirement by contacting its embassy or your travel agent. Make sure the name on your passport is the same as that shown on your travel documents.
In some countries, you need to keep your passport with you at all times as evidence of your identity and nationality. Occasionally, a foreign authority or organization may need to keep hold of your passport for a short time to comply with local laws. If you have any difficulty getting your passport back, report this immediately to the nearest Nigerian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission.
CONSULAR HELP ABROAD
If you get into difficulties abroad, you may need to contact the nearest Nigerian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission. However, in some circumstances, tour operators, travel agents, tourist offices, insurance companies, banks, or the local police may be better able to help.
RENEWING YOUR PASSPORT
If you live in Nigeria, apply to us. It is best to apply early and allow 48 hrs for your new passport to come through.
If you live abroad, you should make your application to your nearest Nigerian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.
Children can no longer be endorsed on a parent’s passport. Children must hold a passport of their own. Before you travel check the entry rules and visa requirements of the country you are going to visit.
A change of married status will require acquiring a new passport as new information cannot be added to the chip once produced.
THE COST OF THE NIGERIAN E-PASSPORT IS AS FOLLOWS:
§ Standard e-Passport 32 Pages - $106
§ Standard e-Passport 64 Pages - $137
For advice on the current passport fees, you can visit www.immigration.gov.ng
§ Check that your personal details on front cover of the Passport are correct.
§ Read the notes page (page 2 and 3) in your passport.
§ Do not staple anything on your passport.
§ Keep a separate note of your passport number and issue date
§ You must protect and look after your passport.
§ Always apply early for your passport
§ Report it if your passport is lost or stolen.
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