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REVISED GUIDELINE ON BUSINESS PERMIT AND QUOTA

(1) INTRODUCTION

The Citizenship and Business Department has responsibility for administering and enforcing the provisions of the immigration Act, 1963 relate to the establishment of business in Nigeria and the employment of expatriates. In other Words, the Department is entrusted principally with the following responsibilities;

(i) Issuance of Business Permit and expatriate Quota positions; and

(ii) Monitoring the execution of the quota positions granted in order to ensure
     effective transfer of technology to Nigerians and eventual indigenisation of
     the positions occupied by the Expatriates.

(2) GENERAL RULES APPLICABLE TO ALL COMPANIES

Every enterprise, desirous of obtaining Business Permit and Expatriate Quota, is to submit an application to that effect to the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs on Form T/1 designed for that purpose Companies are, however, to note that emphasis would be placed on employment of Nigerians to understudy the foreign experts for the purpose of training them, to enable the understudies acquire relevant skills for the eventual take-over of the expatriate quota positions. Renewal of quotas granted will not be automatic but considered on merit based on submission of the required documents, as specified in paragraph 3 (C) of this Handbook.

(3) GRANT OF BUSINESS PERMIT / EXPATRIATE QUOTA POSITION

All applications by companies for Business Permit and expatriate Quota should be accompanied by the following documents:

(A) BUSINESS PERMIT

For only Joint Venture and wholly Foreign owned Companies.
(i) Completed Immigration Form T/1;

(ii) Certificate of Incorporation;

(iii) Memorandum and Article of Association;

(iv) Feasibility Report (should be certified or registered with Corporate Affairs
       Commission (CAC)

(v) Corporate Affairs Commissions Form CAC 2.3 ^ 2.5 of CAC C02 & C07

(vi) Joint Venture Agreement for partnership venture between Nigerian and
       foreigners (original to be presented for sighting);

(vii) Companys Current Tax Clearance Certificate (Original to be presented
        for sighting);

(viii) Lease agreement for C of O for opening premises (original to be presented
         for sighting)

NOTE:
For Business permit, the Authorized share capital must not be less than N10 million in respect of each Company.

B. GRANT OF EXPATRIATE QUOTA ONLY

Same documents as in (a) above plus:

(i) Evidence of imported machinery, such as, Form M, Proforma invoice,
    Shipping documents and Clean Certificate of Inspection issued by
    Government appointed Pre-shipment Inspection Agents.

(ii) License / Permit / Certificate from relevant Government Agencies /
     department / ministries for the operation or execution of project if
     company is engaged in oil services, health care services, fishing, mining,
     constructions (Work Registration Board), etc (original to be presented for
     sighting);

(iii) Evidence of work at hand, its duration and value attached to the
       contract(s) if the company is engaged in building, civil engineering,
       construction, etc (original to be presented for sighting)

(iv) Proposed annual salaries to be paid to the expatriates to be recruited
     indicating designation, names, jobs description and qualifications (CV and
     copies of credentials of expatriate to be attached).

(C) RENEWAL OF EXPATRIATES QUOTA

(i) Completed Immigration Form /T2

(ii) Corporate Tax Clearance Certificate (original to be presented for sighting);

(iii) Current Tax Clearance certificate of the expatriate (original to be
       presented for sighting);

(iv) Expatriate Quota Returns for the three months preceding the date of
      approval.

(v) Detailed Training programme for Nigerians;

(vi) List of Nigerians understudying expatriate on prescribed formats showing
       date employed, qualification, etc.

(vii) List of Nigerian Senior/Management Staffs showing names, designations,
        qualifications, salaries per annum;

(viii) Certificate Current Audited Accounts; and

(ix) Annual income tax Clearance certificate of the Expatriate staff (original to
       be presented fro sighting);

(D) ADDITIONAL EXPATRIATE QUOTA
Same documents as for renewal of expatriate quota plus:

(i) Evidence of acquired machinery or expansion of company is engaged in
    manufacturing in the form of Clean Certificate of inspection (CCI) issued by
    Government appointed Pre shipment inspection Agents;

(ii) Evidence of new contract if Company is engaged in
     construction/engineering and oil (original to be presented for Sighting) see
      b (ii) for guidance;

(iii) Evidence of acquired farm / factory if Company is engaged in agro-allied
      business (original to be presented for sighting).

(E) RESTORATIONS OF QUOTA

In applying for restoration, there must be reasons and proof for the reactivation and revitalizing the company i.e. previously depressed economy, increased demand for the Companys product / services and acquisition of new machinery i.e. Clean Certificate of Inspection (CCI) issued by Government appointed Pre-shipment inspection AGENTS.

(F) REDESIGNATION OF QUOTA

In case where a Company has difficulty in filling or owing to exigency of Operations, it is at liberty to apply for the re-designation of the affected position and this will be considered, purely on its own merit.

(G) PERMANENT UNTIL REVIEWED QUOTA (P.U.R)

The main reason for the granting of P.U.R quota slot for which a Certificate would be issued, is to enable the foreign subscriber(s) adequately protect their interest and to give them a sense of greater commitment. The criteria and documents required for P.U.R are:

(i) Minimum share capital should be N10 Million

(ii) Appreciable net profit of which not less than N2 million has been paid as
     Corporate Tax (original to be presented for sighting);
(iii) Certified and Detailed Audited Account;
(iv) Certificate of Incorporation
(v) Monthly Returns of Expatriate Quota;
(vi) Company Organisation Structure; and
(vii) Individual Income tax Clearance Certificate of the expatriates (original to
       be presented for sighting).

NOTE:
Other factors that would also be considered when considering P.U.R request include:
(i) political / policy direction of Government;
(ii) companys area of business to fall within priority sectors of the
      economy;
(iii) Evidence that P/U.R would guarantee Technology transfer; and
(iv) Company should have large quota portfolio and Corresponding share
       holding as an added qualification.

(H) QUOTA FOR INDIGENOUS COMPANY (FULLY-OWNED BY NIGERIANS

Same documents as in (b) above except Joint Venture Agreement

(I) WHOLLY-OWNED FOREIGN COMPANY

(i) Same documents as in (a) & (b) above except Joint venture
    Agreement
(ii) Share Capital must not be less than N10 Million.

(J) AMENDMENT OF BUSINESS PERMIT

(i) Board Resolution on the changes in either the composition of the Board of
   directors, location of business or line of activities duly registered with
    Corporate Affairs Commission;
(ii) Extract of Minute of Board of Directors Meeting showing decision taken and
     attendance.
(iii) Evidence of resignation / appointment of Directors (old & new) where
      applicable; and
(iv) Company Current Tax Clearance Certificate (original to be presented for
       sighting);

NOTE:
Board Resolution should indicate names of Directors present at the meeting and must be fully signed by the Chairman and Company Secretary.

(K) FEES PAYABLE FOR SERVICES RENDERED
From time to time, fees payable for services rendered are subject to review. The currently reviewed fees are as follows:

S/N

                DESCRIPTION                

COST
$

1.

Processing fees                             

2,500

2.

Grant of Establishment Quota(Per Slot)

1000

3.

Renewal of Quota Position (Per Slot)

5,000

4.

Additional quota (Per Slot)                

10,000

5.

Stay of Action        

  5,000

6.

Grant of Business permit

2,500

7.

Amendment of Business permit          

2,500

8.

Regarding of quota (per slot)             

10,000

9.

Appeal Processing fee                         

10,000

10.

Restoration of Lapsed quota              

55,000

11.

upgrading of quota to P.V.R (Per Slot)

$10,000

12.

Re-designation of  P.U.R slot (GM  to MD or MD to GM etc)      

$10,000

13.

Detagging / Extension of quota(Per Slot)

10,000

14.

Revalidation of Lapsed quota(Per Slot)

10,000

15.

Penalty for late submission of Renewal of private license   

150,000


 



 

 
   
   
 

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