January 1, 2018 is the deadline for foreign nationals legally residing in Nigeria to obtain a National Identity Number (NIN) issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).  Without a NIN, a foreign national will not be able to obtain or renew a long-term work and residence permit.

On August 1, 2017, the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), announced that, as of January 1, 2018, no international passport or residence permit would be issued by the NIS without the applicant providing a National Identity Number issued by the National Identity Management Commission upon enrolment in the National Identity Database.

NIMC staff are to be deployed to NIS and other government offices to facilitate enrolment and the issuance of National Identity Numbers. Full details of the implementation of this policy have not yet been released.

Enrolment consists of the recording of an individual’s personal data and capture of fingerprints, a head-to-shoulder facial picture and digital signature.


Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.