NIS Launches E-Passport for Nigerians in Diaspora

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CEM REPORT | The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) has launched an enhanced e-Passport for Nigerians in the diaspora.

The passport which will be valid for a maximum of ten years and is strictly for the Nigerian missions and consulates in the UK and the USA.

The service made this announcement via a statement on it Twitter handle.

NIGERIANS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN NOW APPLY FOR THE TEN-YEAR VALIDITY ENHANCED ePASSPORT AT THE MISSIONS” — Nigeria Immigration Service (@nigimmigration)

The service further stated that e-Passport will take processing timeline of 5 weeks for fresh applications and 3 weeks for renewals.

NIS also said the passport comes in 3 categories; 32-page 5-year validity, 64-page 5-year validity and 64-page 10-year validity adding that NIN is mandatory for applying for the e-Passport.

The Service details 5 steps to get the passport:

  • Visit passport.immigration.gov.ng,
  • Fill form and make payment online,
  • After successful payment book appointment date,
  • Print appointment slip,
  • Visit pre-selected mission and consulate with all required documents.

The NIS launched the e-passports last year to counter the passport booklet crisis facing the Service.

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Recall that CEM reported that the Ministry of Interior said the issue with delayed passport was as a result of NIN validation.

NIS had earlier said the process of securing a passport had been plagued with challenges from the shortage of booklets to louting, with an economy of corruption built around it.

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