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THE 2020 NIGERIAN VISA POLICY

INTRODUCTION

The Federal Government of Nigerian through the Nigeria Immigration Services has introduced a new Nigerian Visa Policy (NVP) 2020. The policy has been labelled as being an holistic effort aimed at promoting the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria, boosting tourism and expanding opportunities by promoting and encouraging Foreign Direct Investment into the Economy without compromising on the standard recognised and acceptable globally.

The policy has looked at the short fall of the 2012 policy which may have been described as being restrictive and complicated the new policy has been liberalised and it is  more investment friendly tailored towards described as one of the most developed in Africa and maybe even the world.

The new policy addresses the following:

  1. Increased visa classes from 6 to 79, by the creation of three categories of visa which are
    1. - Short visit visas – within this category there are 28 classes
    2. -Temporary Residence visas – within this category there are 36 classes
    3. - Permanent Residence Visas – category there are 15 classes

  1. The application process now includes online platform for the processing of electronic visa (e-visa)
  • Application is submitted online and it is pre-approved before arrival to Nigeria.

  1. Visa on arrival for African Union Member State Passport holders and for tourists of citizens of all Countries. (Visa on arrival (VOA) is not subjected to pre-approval and will be issued at the entry point).

  1. Visiting visas for family and friends to come to Nigeria. Issued by the Embassy only

  1. Special Visas for diaspora Nigerians by birth with dual citizenship to enable them make use of the passport to visit Nigeria.
           Read More https://immigration.gov.ng/
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