NIS resumes passport issuance, unveils new guidelines for applicants

Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has reopened its passport application portal for Nigerians signaling the resumption of the issuance of the travel document, which was suspended by the Federal Government, to allow for the clearance of backlogs.

Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr Muhammad Babandede

The reopening of the passport application and payment portal took effect from June 8, 2021 by 12 midnight.

A statement signed by the Assistant Comptroller of Immigration Service, who also doubles as the agency’s Public Relations Officer, Amos Okpu, on behalf of the Comptroller General, in Abuja on Tuesday, said with the reopening of the portal, a new passport application and payment regime has commenced.

The statement added that applications and payments for passport services shall be made through the service website: www.immigration.gov.ng, while applicants are expected to visit the portal to apply and upload their support documents for vetting and processing.

Okpu said a chat room feature to guide applicants through the application and payment process has been provided on the portal, adding that upon successful application, applicants shall make their online booking interview/enrollment appointment on any day, time and location they consider convenient.

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He said that the new timeline for passport production and issuance after a successful enrollment at the selected issuing centre shall be six weeks for fresh applications and three weeks for renewal applications, adding that no applicant who is yet to make online application and payment shall be allowed into any of the Passport Issuing Centres for passport processing.

The statement added that the Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede, has called on Nigerians and indeed passport applicants to avoid patronising touts as the entire process has been made seamless for effective and efficient service delivery, even as he warned passport racketeers to desist from acts capable of undermining the reform efforts to avoid strict sanctions.

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Meanwhile, the NIS also released new requirements for those seeking to obtain the country’s standard passport for 32 and 64 pages booklet respectively.

This was contained in a statement released by the Service, which noted that applicants could make fresh (First) Application or re-Issuance of Passport by paying N2,000 for address verification exclusives of bank charges.

However, the booklet which comes in two categories 32 pages and 64 attract different administrative charges inclusive of the applicants address verification fees.

“All fees are exclusive of bank charges, N2,000 Address Verification fee. Administrative charges are non-refundable and payments of passport fees for such cases are subject to approval of application. No age classification for 64 pages,” the statement emphasised.

For the 32 pages which has age categories between, 0-17 years, 18-59 years, 60 years and above booklet fess ranges from, N 8,750, N 15,000, N 8,750 respectively, making it a total of N10,750, N17,000, N10,750 for the different ages above.

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While 64 pages has no age limitation, it attracts N20,000 for passport booklet fee in addition to the N2,000 address verification fee.

On the passport application processing timeline, it ranges from 48 hours to 72 hours after enrolment of biometric data.

While for a damaged passport, correction of errors, replacement of names, addition of names, deletion of names, re-arrangement of names takes an extra 10 working days after receipt of application.

Also for change of name due to change of marital status (Married/ Divorced/Widowed), five working days after receipt of application

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