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CATEGORIES OF VISAS AVAILABLE TO EXPATRIATES DESIROUS OF TRAVELING TO  NIGERIA FOR VARIOUS REASONS & PURPOSES

Nigerian Visas are obtained in the Countries where applicants are domiciled or the nearest Nigerian Mission nearest to their Countries of residence.

Transit Visa / Entry Permit

Direct Transit Visa (airside) / Entry Permit

Business Visa / Entry Permit

Tourist Visa / Entry Permit

Diplomatic Visa / Entry Permit

  Subject to Regularization Visa / Entry Permit

Temporary Work Permit Visa / Entry Permit



 


 

Transit Visa / Entry Permit

Who qualifies

Transiting passengers with confirmed Visa to onward destination other
   than Nigeria
Seamen/pilots

Requirements for the issuance of Transit Visa

Valid passport with minimum of 6 months validity
Valid visa to onward  destination outside Nigeria
Confirmed Airline ticket to final destination
Evidence of funds


 



 

Direct Transit Visa (airside) / Entry Permit

Who qualifies

Transiting passengers with confirmed Visa to onward destination 
   other  than Nigeria
Seamen/ Pilots signing on

Requirements for the issuance of Direct Transit Visa (airside)/ Entry Permit

Passport with minimum of 6 months validity
Valid visa to onward  destination outside Nigeria
  Confirmed Airline ticket to final destination
Evidence of sufficient funds

Validity
Validity of stay is 48 hours
Not valid for employment

 




 

Business Visa / Entry Permit

Who qualifies

 Business men and Investors coming to Nigeria for business discussions

Obtainable from Nigerian Missions abroad

Requirements for the issuance of Business Visa / Entry Permit

Evidence of sufficient funds
A valid return ticket
Acceptance of IR (Immigration Responsibilities)
Evidence of sufficient funds to maintain one's self in the country

Validity
Validity of stay is 90 days but extendable
Not valid for employment



 

 

Tourist Visa / Entry Permit

Who qualifies

Persons wishing to visit Nigeria for the purpose of tourism
Individuals who want to visit family members

Requirements for the issuance of Tourist Visa / Entry Permit

Valid passport with minimum of 6 months validity
Valid Visa to onward destination
Valid Airline return ticket
Evidence of funds
Evidence of Hotel reservation
Acceptance of IR (Immigration Responsibility)


Validity
Not valid for employment

 



Official / Diplomatic Visa / Entry Permit

Who qualifies

Visiting Heads of States and their families
Top officials of Government and their families
Diplomats and their families
Holders of United Nations Diplomatic Passport and Laisser passez
members of accredited Diplomatic Missions
members of International organizations
members of accredited International non governmental organizations 

Requirements for the issuance of Official / Diplomatic Visa / Entry Permit

Valid standard, official or diplomatic  passports
Note Verbale
Obtainable from Nigerian Missions abroad
 




 


 


Subject to Regularization (STR) Visa / Entry Permit

Who qualifies

Expatriates employed by individuals, corporate bodies or governments (i.e.
   to take up employment in Nigeria)

Requirements for the issuance of STR Visa / Entry Permit

Valid passport with minimum of 6 months validity
Letter of employment
Expatriate quota approval
Credentials of the applicant
Duly completed form IMM 22
Curriculum Vitae or Resum
For chief executive officers (C.E.O) of corporate organizations, there 
   is  need for extract of the minutes of the Board's resolution
Obtainable only from Nigerian Missions in the countries where  
  applicants are domiciled for at least six (6) months


 



Temporary Work Permit (TWP) 

Who qualifies

Experts invited by corporate bodies to provide specialized skilled services,  such as after sales installation , maintenance, repairs of machines & equipment


Requirements for the issuance of
Temporary work permit (TWP)

Confirmed Airline Return ticket
Acceptance of IR (Immigration Responsibility) by inviting organizations or  individual.
Obtainable only from the office of the  Comptroller General of Immigration in  the Nigeria Immigration Service Headquarters, Abuja.


 




 

Explanatory Note:
IR means acceptance of Immigration Responsibility which includes but not limited to
Accommodation/feeding
Transportation
and if need be the cost of repatriation or deportation



 

 
   
 

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