- A web-based portal will now be used to apply for visa in Nigeria
- Applicants would only be required to log onto www.immigration.gov.ng where they could apply
- The facility is available to frequently travelled high net worth investors and intending visitors who may not be able to obtain visa at the Nigerian embassies in their countries
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has migrated to a web-based portal to be used to apply for visa-on-arrival facility with effect from May 13.
Its public relations officer, Sunday James, announced this in a statement on Monday, May 13.
James said that prior to the migration to a web-based portal, applicants were expected to forward applications for visa via email or hard copy to the comptroller general for approval.
The spokesman, however, said that with the web-based regime, applicants would only be required to log onto www.immigration.gov.ng where they could apply for the facility, make payment, and receive approval online.
James said: “The comptroller-general of immigration Muhammad Babandede, hereby calls on genuine investors to take advantage of the innovation as it improves migration and transparency in the system in line with the federal government’s policy of ease of doing business.”
Visa on arrival is a class of short visit visa issued at the port of entry.
The facility is available to frequently travelled high net worth investors and intending visitors, who may not be able to obtain visa at the Nigerian Missions/Embassies in their countries of residence due to the absence of a Nigerian mission in those countries or exigencies of urgent business travels.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Nigerian public officials are said to be involved in series of fraudulent activities in the country's immigration offices.
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According to BudgIT, a social advocacy organisation, one major tool of extortion is the Nigerian passport. Specifically, it alleged that Nigerian public officials received N400 billion bribe between 2015 and 2016 alone.
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