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NIS automates Visa on arrival process


By Stella Enenche, Abuja

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), has begun the automation of Visa on Arrival (VoA) and Temporary Work Permit (TWP).

Consequently, applicants may now apply, pay and receive
their approvals online.

The Comptroller General of Immigration, Muhammad Babandede, who made the disclosure while addressing stakeholders during a virtual meeting on Wednesday.noted that the automation will reduce cost of traveling on the part of the applicants and also remove the bottlenecks usually associated with visa application processes in the country.

The immigration boss in a statement signed by the service public relations officer, Sunday James said, “Online processing of Temporary Work Permit to remove third party, where officers are involved directly which negates transparency and Ease of Doing Business.

“It is also in furtherance of the attainment of the Reform target set for NIS by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) in its National Action Plan (NAP 5.0) on Entry and Exit of People”.

“Today marks the end of such unnecessary cost and delays witnessed in the process and delivery of services. NIS has taken the steps of removing bottlenecks in the spirit of Ease of Doing Business by ensuring that all applicants for VoA and TWP are treated online.

“All categories of visas for work must be obtained from Missions not in Nigeria. The Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 is explicit on the categories of visas to be obtained at the point of entry into Nigeria and from the Missions. VoA are of 2 categories, for Africans which can be issued at the point of entry and for business which should be applied for online, paid for online and approval received online. There shall be no extensions for TWP and other short visit visas except on special cases to be approved by the Comptroller General of Immigration.

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Babandede further reeled out some implementations that will be adopted by the service in accordance with the federal government approval for commencement of international flight on waiver for visa payment due to COVID-19, closure of land borders and suspension of international flights.

According to him: “All Migrants in Nigeria whose permits expired from 23rd March to 5th September, 2020 with evidence of confirmed return tickets scheduled to travel out of the country are to be issued with free extensions to enable them depart on or before 15th September, 2020;

“All Migrants whose permit/visitor’s pass expired before 23rd March, 2020 shall pay overstay penalty for the number of days stayed before the lockdown on 23rd March, 2020;

“All resident Migrants, whose permits expired outside the country from 23rd March, 2020 shall be allowed entry into Nigeria with the expired permits on or before 25th September, 2020. Such returning holders of expired permits and their dependents are to renew the permits within thirty (30) days of arrival to Nigeria to avoid sanctions under relevant Immigration laws;

“All migrants who processed payments for Visa on Arrival and other categories of visas from the Nigerian Missions before 23rd March 2020, are to apply for revalidation by uploading copy of the previous payments via cis-evisa@immigration.gov.ng not later than 15th September, 2020; and

He added: “All migrants who obtained Visa on Arrival Pre-approval Letters and other categories of visas from the Nigerian Missions before 23rd March, 2020, whose approvals/visas expired before 5th September, 2020 are also to apply for revalidation without fresh payments by uploading copies of the expired pre-approval letters/visas via cis-evisa@immigration.gov.ng not later than 15th September, 2020.

“The Service has equally activated Visa on Arrival and e-Visa payment portals to enable the intending migrants to Nigeria process entry visas as from 5th September, 2020.

” In a situation where migrants have obtained a TWP approval and the Mission where such visas are to be issued are closed, they should submit the complaint through cis-evisa@immigration.gov.ng

“These two (2) International Airports, MMIA and NAIA are to commence issuance of visas in line with Nigeria Visa Policy 2020 with effect from the period of the opening of the designated Airports”.

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