Nigeria – Executive Order Brings Stricter Labor Market Rules

Posted on February 12, 2018

  On 2 February 2018, the President of Nigeria signed an executive order (EO5) aimed at promoting local Nigerian expertise in science, engineering and technology. What does the executive order say? EO5 prohibits the federal Ministry of Interior (FMI) from… Read more »

Nigeria – Residence Permit Renewals Will Require National Identification Number

Posted on September 25, 2017

  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… Read more »

Nigeria – Temporary Work Permit Pre-Approval Application by Email Now Available

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective immediately, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has implemented the option to apply by email for pre-approval for a Temporary Work Permit (TWP), with a target for approvals of two working days from receipt of application. How to apply? Applications… Read more »

Nigeria – New Immigration Regulations in Effect

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Nigerian government published the new Immigration Regulations 2017 on March 20, in which it raised compliance issues, noted in the below summary: Business Permit Must be issued in the name of a local registered entity in Nigeria; Foreign national… Read more »

Nigeria – Visa on Arrival Expanded to Ease Business Travel

Posted on August 28, 2017

Effective immediately, the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has expanded the range of activities which are allowed on a business visa. NIS has also extended eligibility for a Visa on Arrival (VoA) to business travelers who may not be able to… Read more »

Nigeria – New CERPAC centers announced

Posted on September 9, 2016

The Federal Republic of Nigeria has announced the opening of twenty-eight new Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Alien Card (CERPAC) centers. It is expected that these centers will accelerate processing times for both first-time and renewal CERPAC applications, thereby helping… Read more »

NIGERIA – Nationwide Long-Term Work Permit Verification Suspended

Posted on April 8, 2016

As announced before, the Nigeria Immigration Service issued a public notice for a nationwide verification exercise from March 14, 2016 to March 31, 2016, requiring employers to submit their long term work permits, known as the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit… Read more »

NIGERIA – Immediate Nationwide Long Term Work Permit Verification Exercise Announced

Posted on March 18, 2016

On March 14, 2016 the Nigeria Immigration Service (”NIS”) issued a public notice to the effect that a nationwide verification exercise will be conducted immediately, from March 14, 2016 till March 31, 2016, for Combined Expatriate Resident Permit and Aliens… Read more »

NIGERIA – Non-ECOWAS Visitors Subject to Extension Fees

Posted on September 25, 2015

Effective September 22, 2015, all entry visa holders, including both business and tourist visitors, will only be allowed to stay in Nigeria for a cumulative period of 56 days. Those staying past 56 days are required to pay an extension… Read more »

NIGERIA – Suspension of NIS’ Comptroller-General Likely to Bring Delays & Scrutiny for Visa Applicants

Posted on August 28, 2015

On August 21st, 2015 David Parradang, the comptroller-general of Nigeria Immigration Service, was suspended from his position for hiring 700 inspectors and 900 assistants without approval. A deputy comptroller-general has already been appointed during the ongoing investigation. Nigeria has also… Read more »