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Nigeria Visa

Nigeria Visa Information:
Much has been said and written about Nigeria, her people and culture, economy and politics, that sheds light on the tremendous potential of this African Giant. TYPES OF VISA Visitor, Tourist and Transit Visas Business/Education/Religious Visas Temporary work-permit (TWP) Subject to regularization (STR)
Visas The Immigration office which handles visa applications is open to the public between 10.00 a.m. and 1p.m. Monday-Thursday except on public holidays. All visa applications that are on walked in bases will be processed within 3 to 4 working days if the requirements are met and money for exact fees are attached and have been paid. If mailed in, allow a processing time of 1-2 weeks (ten working days). Also enclose a return prepaid express envelope eg FedEx, UPS, USPS for you passport to be mailed back. Forms that are not fully completed signed and dated or with incomplete requirements and supporting documents will not be accepted. It is important to note that the Embassy will not mail any passport in regular envelopes that do not have tracking numbers. Requirements PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO APPLY WITHIN 3 MONTHS OF THEIR TRAVEL DATE, NOT BEFORE, that is do not apply in June for a trip in December. General: Non-refundable fees are charged on the basis of reciprocity. Please visit the Nigerian Immigration Service website at www.immigration.gov.ng for payments online. Nationals of other countries should check the web site or call the visa office on tel.# 202-986-8400 ext 1004, 1006, and 1020 for the fees applicable to them. Also provide proof of satisfactory arrangements for your support you’re your host while you are in Nigeria. The visa officer may ask for other information from the applicants if deemed necessary. The applicants may be requested to come for an interview as and when necessary. TYPES OF VISAS Visitor, Tourist and Transit visas, Business / Education/Religious visas, Temporary work permit (TWP) Subject to regularization (STR) NOTE Please be aware that the visa application process normally takes about 1-2 weeks by mail, but generally during the summer time and Christmas period, it could take longer. Apply early.  

1) Visitors, Tourist and Transit Visas A.Valid passport (at least 6 months to expiration). B.One recent passport photograph showing full-face with white background. C.A copy of round-trip ticket (For non-Nigerians). D.Letter of invitation accepting immigration responsibility or evidence of financial support while in Nigeria from individual Nigerians or Nigerian organizations. E.Applicants for transit visas must submit copies of their onward tickets and visas to their destinations. F.Children must submit copies of their birth certificates showing names of their parents. G.Children of Nigerian parents must submit copies of the information page of both parents’ passport, and letter of consent from both parents. H.Tourist must submit copies of their certified hotel reservation statements. I. Resident aliens inviting friends must submit copies of their resident permits and the information page of their passports. J. Aliens married to Nigerians or invited by Nigerians must submit copies of their hosts' or spouses' passports and letters accepting responsibility. K.Processing Fee of $20.00 in money order. L. Please visit the Nigerian Immigration Service website at www.immigration.gov.ng for payments online. 2) Business /Education/ Religious visas

A. Valid passport (at least 6 months to expiration) B. One recent passport photograph showing full-face with white background. C. A copy of round-trip ticket D. If going for business, letters of invitation from companies or business organizations stating the reason must be submitted E. If going for religious purpose, approval from the ministry of internal affairs, Abuja, Nigeria must be submitted. F. If going for educational visit, a letter of invitation from the host university of school stating its purpose must be submitted G. If a student, you must submit a copy of your identification card, with an accompanying letter from your institution. H. Processing Fee of $20.00 in money order I. Please visit the Nigerian Immigration Service website at www.immigration.gov.ng for payments online. 3) Temporary work Permit (TWP) A. A valid passport (at least 6 months to expiration) B. One recent passport photograph showing full-face with white background. C. Approval from Nigeria for temporary work permit. D. Processing Fee of $20.00 in money order. E. Please visit the Nigerian Immigration Service website at www.immigration.gov.ng for payments online.

4) Subject to regularization (STR) A. Valid passport (at least 6 months to expiration) B. Completed application forms in quadruplicate C. Four recent passport photographs showing full face with white background. D. Four certified copies of expatriate quota approval from Nigeria or approval from Nigeria for STR E. Four certified copies of all credentials, résumé’s and certificates, were applicable. F. Four copies of Letters of employment G. Four copies of Letters of acceptance H. All of the above should be submitted in four sets, not separately. I. Processing Fee of $20.00 in money order. J. Please visit the Nigerian Immigration Service website at www.immigration.gov.ng for payments online. K. A large sized envelope addressed to The Comptroller- General Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters Abuja, Nigeria All STR AND TWP applicants should note that the Embassy could verify the copies of their educational certificates from the institutions obtained. REQUIREMENTS FOR RENEWAL OF NIGERIAN PASSPORTS
  • Complete the form for renewal of Nigerian passport.
  • Send the above with the expired Nigerian passport.
  • Appropriate fee of $45 and $20 (processing fee) in U.S. Money order only.
 
Passports Fees Processing Fee Rush
Re-issue $85.00 $20.00 Add $55.00
Renewal/Extension $45.00 $20.00 Add $20.00
Child Endorsement (Per Child) $15.00 $20.00 Add $10.00
Lost Passport Penalty $385.00 $20.00  
  • Send all the above through an express courier e.g. FedEx, UPS, DHL or post office express.
  • Allow a processing time of about a week and a half. Please be aware that during summer and Christmas periods, the processing time is longer. Please apply early during such times.
  • Enclose a return prepaid express envelope for your application to be mailed back; it will not be mailed back in a regular stamped envelope.
REQUIREMENTS FOR REISSUANCE OF NEW PASSPORTS GENERAL: Applicants for Nigerian passports are those whose passports are more than 10 years and new applications. If your passport is between 5 and 10 years, your passport has to be renewed. 1. Passport application form (new passport (reissue) form) must be properly and correctly completed in the applicant's own handwriting. 2. Signatures or thumbprint must be properly completed WITHIN the box provided on the application form, i.e. limiting the signature to within the box. The signature or thumbprint must be properly completed only by the applicant and not by ANY OTHER PERSON. Also, DO NOT sign and put your thumbprint, do either the signature or the thumbprint. 3. Fees  
Passports Fees Processing Fee Rush
Re-issue $85.00 $20.00 add $55.00
Renewal/Extension $45.00 $20.00 add $20.00
Child Endorsement (per child) $15.00 $20.00 add $10.00
Lost Passport Penalty $385.00 $20.00  
    4. 2 (two) recent passport size photographs showing full face, with high resolution and white background. 5. The old passport must be turned in along with the application 6. All professions and change of name (married/divorced women only) must be supported with appropriate documents. Other individuals who would like to change their name(s) must submit a copy of a publication of change of name in any Nigeria-based daily Newspaper or from a court in Nigeria. 7. The applicant’s contact telephone number should be provided 8. Re-issuance of passports may be delayed if application forms are not properly and correctly completed 9. Children of Nigerian parents (under 16yrs) wishing to apply for Nigerian passports should, in addition to the above, enclose a copy of the child’s birth certificate, letter of consent from both parents, copy of parent’s passport, information page only. In the case where one of the parents is non-Nigerian, a copy of a photo Id will be sufficient. 10. Children of Nigerian parents (above 16yrs) wishing to apply for a Nigerian passport should, in addition to the above enclose a copy of their birth certificate, and copy of one of their parents Nigerian passport, information page only. 11. Mail to: Embassy of Nigeria, 3519 International Court, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. Attention: Passport office. 12. We recommend the package to be mailed with any form of express service. 13. Also enclose a return prepaid express envelope e.g. FedEx, UPS, USPS for you passport to be mailed back. DO NOT ENCLOSE A STAMPED ENVELOPE; this will not be accepted and your passportwill not be mailed back. 14. The turn around time for a new Nigerian Passport is 2-3 weeks. During the months of October, November, and December; Christmas period, it could take as long as 5-6 weeks. Please apply early. REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILD ENDORSEMENT See child endorsement form REQUIREMENTS FOR LOST PASSPORT See lost passport form AGE DECLARATION 1. Copy of applicants’ passport, picture page only. 2. Written letter requesting age declaration. 3. $30 plus $20.00 processing fee in money order. 4. Prepaid self-addressed stamped envelope. REQUIREMENTS FOR EMERGENCY TRAVEL CERTIFICATE 1. Police Report 2. Copy of Air Ticket or itinerary 3. Two Passport Pictures, showing full face with white background 4. $150.00 plus $20.00 processing fee in money order 5. Proof of Nigerian citizenship. 6. Formal request in writing from applicant, which should state date of travel. 7. Enclose a return prepaid express envelope if applying by mail for us to mail your document back. Click here for Nigeria Visa Information
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